Important Cultural PropertySword signed Osafune Kanemitsu in Bishū Province, in August, Kannō era (celebrated Fukushima Kanemitsu)

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  • Osafune Kanemitsu
  • 1 piece
  • Blade L76.7 Curvature2.4
  • Nanbokuchō period/14th century
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • F-20109

Kanemitsu was a son of Kagemitsu and played an active role as a leader of the Osafune school in Bizen no Kuni from the late Kamakura period to the early Northern and Southern Courts period. This tachi (a sword made to be worn with the cutting edge down) is relatively big and grand, which was popular in the Northern and Southern Courts period. The jigane (ground metal) shows a well organized wood grain pattern with clear utsuri (a white misty formation that runs parallel to the hamon in the ground metal) while the hamon (blade pattern) is in the suguha (straight) style with slanted kochojiba (a small clove pattern). The name derives from the fact that Fukushima Masanori obtained this sword from Honkakuji Temple in Hiroshima.