KANEWAKA(兼若), was a Japanese swordsmith in Kaga province.
- Edo period.
Shape : Blade with a shallow SORI(反り) and a large KISSAKI(切先).
Hada : MOKUME-HADA(杢目肌) blended with ITAME-HADA(板目肌).
Hamon : HAKOBA(箱刃) is often seen in the swords by the 2nd and the 3rd generation Kanewaka.
Boshi : Small MIDARE-KOMI(乱れ込み).
Yasurime : O-Sujikai(大筋違) or Katte-Sagari(勝手下り).
Other : The swords by the first generation Kanewaka often have the carving.
- Kanewaka was born in Mino province but moved to Kaga province later on and gained fame there.
- He is believed to have been a descendant of SHIZU SABURO KANEUJI(志津三郎兼氏).
- He changed his smith name to Takahira(高平) when receiving the ZURYOUMEI(受領名) of Ecchu-kami(越中守).
- His name was succeeded through many generations so that it’s difficult to tell which generation made a sword. Because their signatures are very similar and some of them worked in the same period.