This sword is by the Harima smith, Kinjû. The full signature reads Banyô (no) Kuni Gasô Kinjû. This means “Kinjû, a man from Banyô Kuni”. Kinjû worked around the Enpô era or 1673. His original province was Noshû (Gifu). He later moved his residence to Banshû Kokufu. He is called Tada Okisanzaemon and he also worked in Kyotô and Tôbu. He also signed as Kaneshige Maru. He is rated as a wazamono smith, meaning that his blades were known for their extreme sharpness and cutting ability.
This is a wide, strong sword, a real “cutter”. The nagasa is 70.8 cm or 28.25 inches. The moto-haba is 3.36 cm or 1.32 inches and the saki-haba is 2.32 cm or 0.91 inches. The Kasane is 0.7 cm or 0.28 inches. This sword has a graceful torii sori measuring 1.53 cm or 0.6 inches.
This sword comes with a simple but elegant koshirae. The saya is new but the remainder of the fittings are from the 18th and 19th century and area simple iron fuchi and kashira and menuki of shakudo showing horses running. This is the type of koshirae that would be worn by a real “no nonsense” Samurai. The blade comes in a shirasaya with a sayagaki together with NBTHK Hozon papers attesting to the validity of the signature and the quality and condition of the blade. It is in very good polish and ready to enjoy.