Kanenori was a student of Yokoyama Sukekane.
Despite the inscription, the ken is not a faithful copy of the original, a sacred treasure, whose complete name is Futsu-no-mitama no Shinken, a sword of the Kashima Shrine. The Kashima Shrine blade is a chokuto (straight blade). This ken is also not a copy of the similar Isonokami Furunokami-miya-no-Shinken of the Isonokami Shrine in Nara. The smith produced an approximation in the general style of the Nara period.
The Futsu-no-mitama blade was excavated in 1905 from under a shrine altar and Emperor Meiji commissioned Kanenori to make copies, of which this is one, in half size.