Technical SUGATA - SENGOKU SUGATA made strong. High SHINOGI.
HADA - KO-MOKU MOKUME with ITAME MASA mixed. MASA on
HAMON - A few CHU-SUGU (or KO-GUNOME MIDARE, KO-CHOJI,
GUNOME-TOGARI or GUNOME-MIDARE with SUNAGASHI)
but this school is most famous for SANBONSUGI.
The 2nd generation is the renowned MAGOROKU,
who made his HAMON uneven with the troughs
coming close to the HA. On blades of later
generations, SANBONSUGI became a defined
signature HAMON of two short and one tall.
Basically, the later the generation, the
wider the YAKIBA and the greater the symmetry.
BOSHI - JIZO or MIDARE, but later smiths made KO-MARU.
NAKAGO - KANEMOTO NAKAGO with two character MEI.
KANEMOTO(1) MEI-O 1492
KANEMOTO(2) "MAGOROKU" TAI-EI 1521 KANEMOTO
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KANEMOTO(3) TAI-EI 1521 KANEHIRO -TEN-MON 1532- KANEMITSU
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KANEMOTO(4TH) TEN-MON 1532 KANEMOTO GEN-KI 1570 KANEYORI
Branch-line Brings GEN-KI 1570
Name to Shinto
KANEMOTO(1) MEI-O TAROSAEMON. Buddhist name: HOMYO-SEISEKI.
Last of AKASAKA SENJUIN KUNINAGA line. Theory says his
sphere of influences were SEKI smiths KANEMITSU, KANEMUNE,
KANEKUNI and KANEYUKI. We see swords between BUN-MEI 1469
and EISHO 1504. He first worked together with KANEOTO, then
made swords with his son.
ITAME with MASAME MINO KURO dark steel with SHIRAKE UTSURI.
KO-GUNOME MIDARE BA and KO-CHOJI. Patterns are FUKISOKU,
a marked irregularity. This feature is passed to his son,
MAGOROKU. SUNAGASHI develops in the mid and MURA-NEI will
be seen in the HABUCHI. YAKI-KUZURI broken-up YAKIBA, may
develop from his forging techniques.
MEI is in the SHINOGI-JI. Early signatures, KANEOTO days,
are NIJI-MEI two characters, middle period, working with
his son, we see the NOSHU AKASAKA JU signatures.
NOSHU AKASAKA JU KANEMOTO
NOSHU AKASAKA JU KANEMOTO SAKU
MAGOROKU KANEMOTO(2) TAI-EI. AKASAKA JU. The second KANEMOTO
in AKASAKA is the famous "MAGOROKU". His blades are judged
SAIJO O-WAZAMONO, the greatest in cutting. The whole KANEMOTO
family of smiths made swords in the general styles of
IZUMI-no-KAMI KANESADA and Kanemoto's very name alludes to
being the sixth in the KANESADA line, MAGO ROKU. MAGOROKU's
excelled style became the banner of his school and line. He
was the success and leader at AKASAKA. He then moved to SEKI
where KANEMOTO(3) was his student.
KANEMOTO(2) made wide bladed, somewhat thin SENGOKU-style
swords having a noticeable HIRA-NIKU.
Well-made and clear color ITAME with MASAME JITETSU.
GUNOME TOGARI BA and his SANBONSUJI, which is made uneven.
His YAKIBA can appear so uneven, SANBONSUJI may be hard to
discern. Or, his can be an obvious and delightful play with
the three-cedars format.
KANEMOTO Appraisal Note: MAGOROKU became famous for his
SANBONSUJI and the pattern became the school flag. The third
KANEMOTO will have a CHU-width, fairly evenly set SANBON
series. The forth KANEMOTO will have HIRO, wide-width, very
evenly done three cedar figures. His signature will have
strong strokes and straight lines on the legs of the MOTO.
A late signature is seen where Hira-gana appears as "MA"-"KO",
as MaKo-Roku Kanemoto and Kanemoto MaKo-Roku Saku.
NOSHU AKASAKA JU KANEMOTO SAKU
2 Shaku 3 Sun
3 Bu 7 Rin
Sori: 5 Bu
Sun 2 Rin
Bu 1 Rin
1 Sun 8 Bu 4
Nakago: 5 Sun
6 Bu 7 Rin
ridge and with
has JiNie and
in a creative
Nakago with a
and signed in