Large Omi yari by the
well known Kanabo School. The Kanabo School was well versed in making
pole arms, and many were used for the heavy fighting during the
Sengoku Jidai of civil wars. Their reputation as weapons was well
known, and many samurai wanted their pole arms for use in real battle.
This yari is of a very large size that was popular among samurai
that excelled in the art of spearmanship. The Kanabo School worked
in the Yamato style, and often their works are mistaken for those
of older blades from the Kamakura period. This yari has a well done
midare done in the typical Kanabo style. Masame grain pattern shows
well in the Ji. Boshi is very healthy and has activity. The blade
is clean, and has some grain openings. Kizu such as this are common
in Kanabo School pieces, but yet they were still well thought of
as working pieces for the Bushi. This type of yari is known as an
Omi yari. It is 3 sided with a large groove on the flat side. The
tang has a full signature with a very rare number on the reverse.
It is said that in some cases, a Daimyo would order many spears
for his arsenal, and in these cases they would be numbered. Accompanied
with a short pole and ishizuka in good condition.
Koto period 1500ís
Haitonosuke Masazane - NTHK Kanteisho by Yoshikawa Kentaro
of blade - 23 3/4"
Length of Tang - 23 1/16"
Total Length - 46 13/16"