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#1 raymondsinger



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Posted 07 January 2019 - 06:05 PM

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 raymondsinger@gmail.com


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#2 Fuuten


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 06:08 PM

If it came in shirasaya i would've snapped :thumbsup:  Nice blade.



Semper ubi sub ubi

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 06:15 PM

Thank you Axel! This one was in queue in to send to John Tirado for shirasaya, however I just bought a beautiful sword from a member of our group for my own collection, and as a consequence will need to let a couple of pieces I own go.


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 06:55 PM

Ah I am quite tempted but I just spent a bit… will think on it (by which time I expect someone else will have snapped it up, heh).

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 07:10 PM

Katakiriha for less than $1500 with that nice fuchi and tsuba??
C'mon folks....this is a no brainer. I know sales are way down at this time of year but seriously!
If this lasts a few days, I am going to make a plan and find a way to take it myself.

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 09:05 PM

Fine blade.  This is a very attractive listing, rare owl motif, nice tsuba, the whole worth putting back in order!.




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Posted 07 January 2019 - 09:17 PM

Nice Tanto indeed. I like the texture of the saya too. 

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 04:54 AM

Thank you again for the kind words.

Here are the dimensions for this piece.
Nagasa: 31.5cm
Moto-haba: 27mm
Kasane: 5.5mm

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 05:34 AM

Piggy banks all over the world should be shaking in their little porcine porcelain hooves....

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 10:24 AM

PM sent.
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Posted 09 January 2019 - 12:02 AM

The Kanekura is on a 24-hour hold.

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