katana signed E'chu-ju Fujiwara KANENORI with)Pine bark pattern lacquered scabbard Uchikatana Koshirae

Shinto Early Edo period (Shou'ou era/circa 1652-) E'chu
Length of cutting edge64.2cm Curvature1.9cm Width of base29.1mm Thickness of base6.5mm Width of Yokote21.8mm

NBTHK(Hozon) certificate

with) Pine bark pattern lacquered scabbard Uchikatana Koshirae



Blade construction: Shinogi-zukuri, Iori-mune, Mihaba is moderate standing firmly with a bit on deeper side curvature and upper Fukura area is swelling out leading to to an elongated Kissaki. The entire shape is proportionally designed for drawn fast in one hand.(click HERE for higher resolution image of the entire blade)
Forging(Hada): Forging is conspicuous Itame mixing with large Mokume-hada indication. Fine steel gives off moistened impression by sparkling Ji-nie glitter that generates rich and thick Nie lines of grain pattern so called CHIKEI activity.
Temper(Hamon): Hamon is based on fine Nie sparkling hard metal granules that accumulates deeply on boundary line, starts with straight Yakidashi, undulating Notare that combined with small Gunome outline. The interior of temper is filled with mist-like crystallize area deeply with abundant short ASHI activities.
Temper of tip(Boshi): Temper of Boshi forms straight medium circle turns back deeply.
Tang(Nakago): Nakago remains entirely original in UBU holding good taste of patina. One Mekugi-ana hole. Slightly slanting left Sujikai filemarks. Double bevelled Kurijiri heel. The signature in Hakiomote side is seven character that starts from the place of work E'chu-ju 越中住 and the name of clan Fujiwara 藤原 then smith name KANENORI 兼則.

KANENORI 兼則 whose founder is Naoe-shizu 直江志津 school in Nanboucho period had played major role of San-ami school 三阿弥派. Some of them had moved their workshop to Echizen, E'chu, Owari or Shinshu domain like the other makers in Seki started to live in major castle towns during end Muromachi early Edo period.
KANENORI 兼則 made the great rumor being spread as supreme sharp cutting performance to meet with increasing demands from brave Samurai.
The subject katana is heavy on hands, dignified healthy holding massive volume of Hiraniku and abundant width at Ha-machi starting point of cutting edge.
An ancient Pine bark pattern lacquered scabbard Uchikatana Koshirae consists of : (click
HERE for entire Koshirae and HERE for details)
Fuchi/Kahira : Shellfish design, Iron ground, Takabori carving, gold inlay, unsigned
Menuki : Ise ebi lobster design, Yamagane copper ground, Youbori carving
Tsuba : Shikunshi design the four nobles/seasons representing the orchid, chrysanthemum, bamboo and plum in Japanese art, Iron ground, openwork, unsigned
Tsuka : White rayskin, golden brown silk cord lozenge wrap (some fray appears due to age)
Gold foiled double layers Habaki collar, preserved in Shirasaya plain wood mounting
Good old polish/Condition scale: excellent - very good (using a scale of mint-excellent-very good-good-fair-poor).