Ryujin Swords

Shingunto by Kanekado

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Period: Showa.

Mei: Kanekado, Seki stamp. Dated 1942

Sugata: Shinogi-zukuri, tori-zori, iori-mune.

Overall length: 34.25 inches (870.00 mm)

Nagasa: 26.34 inches (669.00 cm) long.

Nakago: Ubu, 7.91 inches (201.00 mm), ha agari kuri-jiri, one mekugi-ana. The yasurime are takanoha.

Kissaki: Chu-kissaki, 1.40 inches (35.69 mm). The boshi is yakizume.

Moto-haba: 1.21 inches (30.67 mm). Moto-gasane: 0.30 inches (7.05 mm). Saki-haba: 0.73 inches (18.59 mm). Saki-gasane: 0.20 inches (4.98 mm).

Sori: 0.51 inches (13.05 mm)

Hamon: An irregular gunome midare. There appear to be ashi, and there may be some activity in the hamon. It is a bit difficult to say with this polish.

Hada: Not seen.

Blade condition:

In good condition.


In shingunto koshirae. The paint of the saya is, as the pictures show, rather worn. This is however not a problem; it can be repainted with the appropriate military enamel. The saya itself is of aluminium, rather than steel.


KAN-1077 in Hawley. He also signed Seki ju Yoshida Kanekada. Kanekado won 5th seat in the 1941 Exhibition. During WW2 he made medium to high grade showato and low to medium grade gendaito.

Given that this smith made both gendaito and shingunto, plus the lack of observable hada and the Seki stamp, I am inclined to describe this sword as non-traditional. On the other hand, there are hints of something interesting in the hamon, namely far more activity than I would expect from an oil-quenched blade. It might be worth opening a window to see what exactly is going on.

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