Kanabo Wakizashi with NBTHK Hozon Certificate


Kanabo Wakizashi mounted in Shirasaya and also has an excellent high qualty koshirae beautifull Shakudo fuchi kashira with motif of Hou Bird, Kozuka has motif of Peacock,Tsuba  has a very fine Nanako finish. The Blade is a massive wide solid blade with an amazing  large Flamboyant HamonPacked with Hataraki.

SUGATA:           Most katana are shinogizukuri and they typically have iorimune.  The blades tend to be wide and thick.  The kissaki are long and wide.  In general, most swords have a brusque, inelegant shape, which is typical of blades made for actual combat use.  Other shapes of katanacan also be found.  Hirazukuriand morohazukuri tanto are rare, but there are a relatively large number of tanto of long length, which could also be called kowakizashi.  They tend to be thin when it comes to their average width.  There are large numbers of yari with a great number of them being of the jumonjiyari type.  This is probably a result of the close ties between this school and the Hozo-in, a Temple specializing in yari combat.

 JITETSU:            The kitae has a flowing feeling and will be either itame or mokume or a mixture of both.  Also, masame will be found in areas.  When jinie is found, it will tend to be uneven.  The overall hada pattern will be prominent and somewhat coarse.

 HAMON:            The yakihabaare wide.  There are sugubawith a mixing of konotare as well as shallow notare mixing with komidare.  Often works of onotare mixed with gunomechojimidare will be found.   The gunome hamon will usually have a mixing in of box shapes in which the base of the box is wider than the top so that the shoulders slant inward.  Sometimes arani, hotsure, and hakkake will be seen. The interior of the ha is highly active with koashi and yo.  The overall appearance of the gunomechoji hamon will be like the Bizen School.

BÔSHI:               There are some that are yakikuzure (the pattern is broken-up) and hakkake.  Some are maru with a long kaeri.  Also, ichimai bôshiwill be found.

HORIMONO:     Compared to other smiths of the Yamato tradition, bohi and futatsujihiand such are plentiful.  In general they are round-ended and stop before the machi.  Other carvings include two sujihi, gombashi, katanahi, koshibi, and bonji.  Rarely elaborate carvings of kurikara or Fudomyoo can be found.

NAKAGO:          In general, the nakagojiri are broad and haagari kurijiri.  The yasuri are kattesagari.



The latter part of the Muromachi Era was a time of constant warfare.  Prior to this time, the large Buddhist temples of the Nara and Kyoto areas controlled much of the military strength.  The Yamato Tegai School (大和手搔) was one of the major sword producers of the Kamakura Era.  They received their name because they prospered in front of the Tegai gate of the Todai-ji Temple in Nara.  Due to the repeated conflicts of this Muromachi Era, the power of these temples weakened and the smiths lost their patronage causing their schools to fall into decline.  The Kanabo School (金房) came into being during these declining times.  The Tegai (手搔) smiths, Shinya Masanaga (新屋政長) and Fujiwara Masanaga (藤原政長) are thought to have founded the Kanabo (金房) School when they moved their center of sword production to the Kanabo (金房) area of Nara.  We find the name, Kanabo (金房), appearing in their signatures as early as 1555.  This gives us a good idea of the time frame for the establishment of this school.

While Kanabo (金房) swords, particularly katana, are known for their somewhat inelegant shapes, they were, however, highly prized by Samurai of the Sengoku Era of constant warfare.  This is because of their superior strength and cutting ability.  This helps to explain the existence of so many Kanabo (金房) blades today when compared with other swords that were produced in great numbers during this period of constant warfare.  Simply put, they worked.  They were made for combat and proved their capabilities.