This is one of the nicest swords I have consigned since starting my website several years ago. This is a beautiful daito which was attributed to the Bizen smith Hidekage. Hidekage was the great grandson of the famous Bizen smith Chikakage, and was a famous smith himself who was rated Jo-saku in Fujishiro and ¥4.5M in the Toko Taikan.
This particular sword is a flawless example of Hidekage’s work. The hamon is a very active gonome choji-ba with kinsuji, covered with fine, uniform ko-nie. I have tried to capture the jitetsu in these photos because it is absolutely beautiful, layered thickly with ji-nie. There is utsuri present, which is typical for this school. The owner shared this with Mike Yamasaki at a recent show, who felt it was Nambokucho Omiya and suggested sending to the NBTHK.
The sword is o-suriage mumei with 3 mekugi-ana. There is a remnant of a kinpunmei, that appears to be signed (X)mitsu. The owner is certain that is once read Kanemitsu, however there is not enough remaining of the first kanji to stand behind that reading. There is no lacquer present on the reverse (no indication if this was a Hon’ami kinpunmei). The blade measures 69.9cm, with a 3.2cm moto-haba and 6mm kasane. It has an especially nice niju-ginkise habaki with an unusual decorative pattern. NTHK kanteisho.