DAI-SHO set of Katana and Wakizashi signed : Fujiwara KANEFUSA-saku to order of MITSUMASA generations A highly Auspicious day, October, Dog, the 1st calendar signed of Heisei
Contemporary swords(Heisei 6 / 1994) Gifu
(DAI) : Length of cutting edge 74.8cm Curvature 1.7cm Width of base 34.0mm Width of Yokote 26.0mm Thickness of base 7.2mm
(SHO) : Length of cutting edge 55.3cm Curvature 1.3cm Width of base 28.5mm Width of Yokote 22.5mm Thickness of base 5.8mm
Blade construction:Shinogi-zukuri, Iori-mune, Width of base is wide standing firmly on base and less degree of tapering from base to elongated large Kissaki. The shape is created in a brave and lively style which is widespread during the period of the Northern and Southern Dynasties in 14th C.
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Carvings(Horimono) : Futasuji-hi parallel grooves of which the point start at lower side and round end at below the edge of Machi.
Forging(Hada): Forging pattern is conspicuous Itame-hada with an indication of some large Mokume and streaming Masame-ware appears mostly along boundary lines. The steel gives off sparkling martensite crystals of Ji-Nie against bluish steel of Jigane to generate long gleaming lines of Chikei over the Hiraji surface.
Temper(Hamon): Hamon is martensite crystals of frosty Nie based with misty-Nioi where boundary area shines clear and bright along varied in shape and height, flamboyant lines such as large-Choji, Tadpole-Choji or Waist constricted Choji and so on. There works with intensive long lines of Sunagashi and thick lines of Kinsen or Inazuma. The entire quenching state is impressively clear and bright in full of Soushu-den tradition.
Temper of tip(Boshi): Boshi forms flame Kaen with an indication of intensive Hakikake.
Tang(Nakago): Both Nakago are UBU in original. One Mekugi-ana peg hole. Slanting left Sujikai filemark. Single-bevelled Ha- agari Kurijiri heel end.
The signature in Hakiomote front is Fujiwara KANEFUSA-saku 藤原兼房作, To order of MITSUMASA-uji generations 為光将氏重代 in new line. The other side is chiselled with the date of year A highly Auspicious day, October, Dog, the 1st calendar sign of Heisei (1994) 為光将氏重代 平成甲戌年十月吉祥日.
This is a superb set of DAI-SHO by skillful sword smith the 25th generation Fujiwara KANEFUSA 二十五代藤原兼房. His real name is KATO Kazuo 加藤賀津雄 who was born in 1957, as a 2nd son of the 24th generation Fujiwara KANEFUSA 二十四代藤原兼房.
At the age of 18, he started training in famed living National treasure Gassan Sadakazu 月山貞一. After years of diligent study, he became an official authorized sword maker in 1982 and then established his own atelier in 1984.
He has been awarded the Yushu prizes, Doryoku prizes continuously by the contest held by N.P.O. Japanese Sword Preservation Society (NBTHK). Also He proudly dedicated swords to Atsuta-jingu and Meiji-jingu Shrine.
Moreover he closely devotes himself to the Sumo circles world ever since his father ages and he made a joint work of Sumo sword Tachi with his elder son the 26th generation Fujiwara KANEFUSA 二十六代藤原兼房 to order of the 72th generation grand champion Yokozuna wrestler KISENOSATO 稀勢の里 in 2017.
The founder Kanefusa 兼房 who paralleled to KANESADA 兼定 or KANEMOTO 兼元 has flourished throughout Japan ever since Muromachi Koto period.
This masterpiece set of DAI-SHO bears SOUSHU manner in mind, especially ardently admired by the work of Shizu-Sasburo KANEUJI 志津三郎兼氏 from late Kamakura to Nambukucho period. There are splendidly active with abundant activities of Nie and Nioi, vividly bright in extreme beauty. Among similar works, this set of DAI-SHO is a delight to afford proof of elaborately made to order.
Gold plated Silver Habaki collar, preserved in Shira-Saya mountings.
Recent polish/Condition scale: mint (using a scale of mint-excellent-very good-good-fair-poor)