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Inshu Kanetsugu Handachi
A nicely mounted late shinto katana by Kanetsugu. Signed, Inshu Ju Kanetsugu. Shinogizukure, iroi mune, chu kissaki, toriizori. Hawatare: 2 shaku 2 sun 9 bu 3.5 rin (69.5 cm. / 27.36"). Motohaba: 3.14 cm. Sakihaba: 2.0 cm. Kasane: 7.1 mm. Slightly peaked gunome midare in pure nioi deki, there are yo forming crab claw patterns here and there. There are a couple small tobiyaki. There is a long yakidashi, and muneyaki. The jigane is a tight itame. The sword is not damaged, but needs to be polished due to some general staining and scratching.
The saya is brown/black lacquer with green circular inlay, that appear to be fish scale some something similar. The tosogu are matching 19th century handachi style, shakudo nanako, with gilt borders. The tsuba is iron, with clouds in sukashi, and a worked surface, signed Shoami Shigenobu. This is a classic design for this group of tsuba makers. The menuki are in shakudo, gold and silver. The brown tsuka ito is worn, and a new wrap is in order. The habaki is a waisted silver foil. The sword bag is as pictured.
According to the Meikan, Kanetsugu was active around Kansei (1789 - 1801). His early signature used the Mino style Kane kanji , instead of the Yamato style Kane .