This is a lovely katana by the second generation (Nidai) Tango no Kami Kanemichi of the Mishina school. This smith worked in the Tenna era and Genroku era of the Edo period (1681-1704). He is called Mishina Zenpeiji. He went to Tôbu during the Genroku era and made swords there. He closely follows the tradition of his father the shodai Kanemichi.
This sword has a cutting edge (nagasa) of 72.4 cm or 28.5 inches. It has a shallow sori that is 1.4 cm or 0.56 inches. This was a popular sugata for this time period. The width at the hamachi (moto-haba) is 3.12 cm or about 1.25 inches and the saki haba (width at the kissaki) is 2.08 cm or 0.81 inches. The thickness of the blade (kasane) is 0.7 cm or 0.27 inches. The nakago is ubu (unshortened) with one mekugi ana, just as it was when it was made well over three hundred years ago.
This is a wide and very strong katana that is graceful with a slightly stretched kissaki (point). The jigane (grain of the metal) is ko-itame with jinie. It is very well done and the jigane is beautiful. The hamon begins at the hamachi in a gently rising nie-deki suguha pattern, not unlike found on the Osaka Shinto swords, that develops into a robust gunome-midare with deep thick ashi and a bright nioi habuchi.
The works like this of the second generation are very close to those of his father, the first generation, with only very slight variations in some of the characters of the signature. Though this sword is not dated, the NBTHK has acknowledged it to be by the second generation and they have awarded it Tokubetsu Hozon papers. This sword is in excellent polish with no flaws or problems of any kind.
This swords comes with a nice set of koshirae from the late Edo period of the 19th century. The tsuba is of iron and made by the Kamakura school. It is a thin iron plate like the old tsuba of the early Muromachi era, but it is probably from the Edo period. The fuchi and kashira are also made of iron and have cherry blossom flowers engraved with gold color. The menuki are of copper, also with a design of flowers with gold highlights. This is the type of koshirae that was worn and owned by serious samurai.
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