New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A MINO SEKI KATANA
MUROMACHI PERIOD (CIRCA 1500-1550), SIGNED KANENOBU SAKU
Configuration (sugata): with longitudinal ridge line (shinogi-zukuri), shallow peaked back (iori-mune) and medium point (chu-kissaki); length (nagasa): 2 shaku, 2 sun, 4 bu (67.8cm.); curvature (sori): koshi-zori of 1.2cm.; increase in width of blade (fumbari): 0.75 cm.
Forging pattern (Jihada): wood grain (itame) with extensive, large ji-nie.
Tempering pattern (hamon): extremely wide irregular (midare) patterns with large cloves (o-choji), box-shaped and slanted (hako-choji/saka-choji), reaching to the shinogi and with pronounced 'swept sands' (sunagashi) in ara-nie along the areas of lowest convexity; in areas, skimming above the hamon.
Point (boshi): large flame tip (kaen).
Tang (nakago). Shape (keitai): wide, very slightly curved, suriage (approximately 8 cm.) and with a thin, dry, brown patina; file marks (yasurime): kiri-yasuri; end (nakagojiri): squared (kiri-jiri); holes (mekugi-ana): three (two plugged); signature (katanamei): Kanenobu saku.
Silk storage bag.
Accompanied by a yuyo certificate, no. 821, Showa 61 (1986), by Fujishiro Matsuo.
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