I finally found the time to get some photos of my latest acquistion, a wakizashi by Mutsu no Kami Kaneshige with NBTHK Hozon papers. I would be happy if some of you have additional information about the smith. What I have so far is from the seller and from Markus Sesko's books.
58.5 cm / 23.03 ”
16.7 cm / 6.65 ”
2.9 cm / 1.14 ”
2.0 cm / 0.8 ”
0.7 cm / 0.28 ”
0.5 cm / 0.2 “
0.6 cm / 0.24 “
Hako-midare (series of box shaped elements)
Nie, Ara nie, Kinsuji, Sunagashi
Mutsu-no-Kami Kaneshige (陸奥守 包重 )
Shirasaya with horn hato-mei
Copper habaki with silver foil wrapping
This is the work of Mutsu no Kami KANESHIGE 陸奥守包重 who later became Mutsu no Kami Kaneyasu (包 保), 2nd gen., Enpō (延 宝, 1673-1681), Settsu
"Sesshū Ōsaka-jū Mutsu no Kami Kaneyasu" (摂 州 大 坂 住 陸 奥 守 包 保),
"Mutsu no Kami Kaneyasu" (陸 奥 守 包 保),
"Mutsu no Kami Kaneshige" (陸 奥 守 包 重),
"Mutsu no Daijō Kaneyasu" (陸 奥 大 掾 包 保),
His real name was "Dan Kyūdayū" (団 九 太 夫), he originally came from Tango Province, but went to Osaka in the apprenticeship with the 1st Gen. Kaneyasu.
Later he was adopted by him and determined as his successor. During his time as “Kaneshige” (包 重) he signed in mirror writing like his master, with the final change to “Mutsu no Kami Kaneyasu“. He is known as "Migi-Mutsu "(右 陸 奥, lit."Right-handed Mutsu").
He also worked for the Mizuno family (水 野) in their lands in Matsumoto (松本) in the Shinano province.
Some of his blades are known by him between the fifth year Enpō (1677) and the second year Genroku (元 禄, 1689)
His blades feature a dense ko-itame, sometimes with ō-hada, gunomechōji, suguha-chō mixed with gunome, suguha-notare mixed with gunome-ashi, occasionally tobiyaki and/or muneyaki
In his early Kaneshige period he added gyaku-sujikai yasurime, later as 2nd gen. Kaneyasu by default sujikai-yasurime, both file variants run to the base, i.e. in the polished area under the machi, as kiri