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 kuni 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. The hada is a itame with areas of mokume. The hamon is a undulating peaked gunome-midare. There are areas of togari-ba as one would expect given this smith’s Mino school background.
This sword comes with a simple but elegant koshirae. The saya is new but the remainder of the fittings are from the 18thand 19thcentury. The tsuba is iron and carved with a pleasing sukashi design. The tsuka has a simple iron fuchi and kashira together with menuki of shakudo depicting horses running. The habaki is gold wrapped with some damage to one of the corners as shown in the photo above. 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. It also has NBTHK Hozon papers attesting to the validity of the signature and the quality and condition of the blade.