Late Muromachi period: Mino, 16th century
|MOTOKASANE||6 mm, sakikasane: 4 mm|
[configuration]: solid hira-zukuri, iori-mune
[forging pattern]: itame hada
[tempering pattern]: gunome midare with choji and yahazu, areas of abundant sunagashi and tobiyaki
[carving]: narrow bo-hi on both sides
[point]: jizo mixed with hakikake on ura side.
Osafune in Bizen province and Seki in Mino province were the two biggest sword supply bases during the “warring state” (Sengoku) period (1467-1568). Kanetsuji is a well known late koto sword-maker from Mino. He was active between 1555 and 1573, producing mainly tanto. His blades are listed as wazamono (“Sharp items”).