|Wakizashi signed by inserted
mei known as a "gaku uchi mei". This sword is made by Kanenobu,
known as "shigaseki". He is a Jo-Saku ranked swordsmith,
and is well known for making swords of superior quality in the Mino-Seki
tradition. He is highly thought of in Japan, and is not as well known
here in America as Kanemoto or Kanesada. This is due to a lack of
sword education here in the United States. This is made by the Shodai
Kanenobu who worked around the Meio period (1492). His style of Seki
styled gunome midare is well executed in this sword, with nie workings
throughout the blade. Because of the presence of a gaku-mei, it is
apparent that this maker was very well thought of, as they did not
want to lose the signature when they shortened this sword. In all
of the Japanese books, they state that he made swords very well, and
even in Fujishiro's book, it is said the workmanship is superior.
He is the son of Kaneari, and was originally from Mino(Seki) province.
He then moved to Owari (Shiga), thus the nickname Shigaseki. Well
done bohi on both sides, classic itame-masame hada with ji-nie and
chikei. Hamon is a well executed gunome midare with nie workings.
Tang is osuirage with a well done gaku-mei. . Included is a well done
solid silver habaki, as well as the saya in black lacquer. Tsuba is
rounded square iron, with hitsu ana and a floral motif in soft metals.
Tsuka is well wrapped with higher grade ray skin. The fuchi is shakudo
ishime-ji with cloud engravings, and stylized lightning in gold inlay.
Menuki appear to be grapes on the vine. A professionally made wooden
tsunagi and habaki are included with the mounts. In nice new polish
with an NBTHK Hozon Token.