New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A YAMATO KATANA
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1675), SIGNED FUJIWARA KANESHIGE
Configuration (sugata): with longitudinal ridge line (shinogi-zukuri), shallow peaked back (iori-mune) and medium point (chu-kissaki); length (nagasa): 2 shaku, 3 sun, 4 bu (71.1cm.); curvature (sori): koshi-zori of 1.2cm.; increase in width of blade (fumbari): 1.0cm.; carving (horimono): kaki-nagashi bo-hi on either side.
Forging pattern (jihada): extremely tight wood grain (itame).
Tempering pattern (hamon): medium suguba in nie.
Point (boshi): brushed tip (hakikake).
Tang (nakago). Shape (keitai): wide, slightly suriage (approximately 4cm.) and with a moist, brown patina; file marks (yasurime): sloping (sujikai); end (nakagojiri): squared (kiri-jiri); holes (mekugi-ana): two (one double) and a shinobi-ana (a secondary ana at the end for additional security); signature (katanamei): Fujiwara Kaneshige.
Silk storage bag.
Accompanied by a futsu kicho token certificate, no. 151634, Showa 43 (1968); and a tokubetsu kicho token certificate, no. 362636, Showa 53 (1978), issued by the N.B.T.H.K.
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