A large amount of history packed into this piece, a rare cutting test katana with some very solid documentation. To begin with this sword has been published in a very famous book called “Shinto Taikan” by the famous sword scholar Iimura Yoshifume written in the 1970’s. Shinto Taikan documents the most well known smiths of Early to Mid Edo period, and this blade has been used to reference Kaneyasu’s signature and work. Besides the publishing it also comes accompanied with NBTHK Tokubetsu certification”. Signature of the smith reads “Mutsu no Kami Kaneyasu”, and he is Nidai smith (2nd generation) ranked as Jo-Saku (superior rated). You can see on the Nakago (Tang), his large sized kanji (characters) are beautifully chiseled . Some of his work have inscriptions like Kabutowari which translates “Helmet Splitter”. This blade certainly justifies his reputation, opposite to the smiths Mei is a GOLD Inlaid 2 body cutting test that was performed. With plenty of Gold, some areas have fallen out over the centuries which is expected, the kanji reads/ translates “this sword has successfully cut through 2 bodies (in one swing) and this event is recorded on March 7th 1694AD by Matsumoto Chodayu Masatomo”, all this is written in gold inlay. The Tester Masatomo is a well documented tester, Initially he was a Ronin Samurai which later on became a tester for several Daimyo, inscribed cutting test blades by him are rare.
The Koshirae beautifully compliments the blade, especially the tsuba with its intricately carved demons and dragons with gold overlay. The remaining fittings are in Shakudo and demonstrate vines with delicately made Bulls. The Saya (sheath) is originally old in good condition with a rich dark lacquer, and the Habaki also antique is made from Shakudo. Handle is covered in Manta ray skin and nice wrapped.