Listing for sale a beautiful ko-wakizashi by the smith Yamato (no) kami Kanekura. He was a shintô smith who worked in both Mino and Edo. It is very rare to encounter examples of his work. In fact when Homma-sensei visited Dr. Compton and viewed his collection, he said that he had never encountered a Kanekura in Japan and the only examples he had seen were the one Compton owned and another in the Boston MFA. I have since seen two additional Kanekura offered for sale.
This is a katakiriba-zukuri blade with a Soshu style hamon in nie deki which reminds me of the work of Oya Kunisada. The jihada is a wonderful, flowing itame. The blade is ubu and signed 'Yamato (no) kami Fujiwara Kanekura'. It it in a partial koshirae, with a signed, Hotei-themed tsuba (mei is Motoshige + KAO).
$1,450 (plus shipping and PayPal). Any questions, please email email@example.com