An osuriage wakizashi signed Kunikane saku/ Kan Shigetane [Kakihan] (Shigetane presents). Shinogizukure, toriizori, chukissaki, iroi mune. with two mekugiana. Hawatare: 1 shaku 6 sun 2 bu 9 rin, (49.37 cm or 19.44"). Motohaba: 2.57. Sakihaba: 1.85. cm. Kasane: 4.7mm. Chu suguba ko-midare in konie deki. Boshi is o-maru with hakikaki. Pronounced masame hada. In polish, shirasaya, silver habaki. This has never been to shinsa
The first generation Kunikane is a highly rated Sendai smith who was in the employ of Date Masamune, around Kanei (1624 - 1644). Working for the Daimyo many of his swords were mumei, and only signed after the fact when they were deaccessed. He was followed by nine more generations of the same name.
Shigetane was a top student of Taikei Naotane, working around Tenpo (1830 - 1844). $2,750
Kunikane saku Kan Shigetane [Kakihan]