kanewaka japanese sword

KANEWAKA(兼若), was a Japanese swordsmith in Kaga province. 



  • the Edo period.

Related swordsmiths

  • Arihira(有平)
  • Kagehira(景平)


Shape : Sori is shallow. KISSAKI(切先) is large.
HadaMOKUME-HADA(杢目肌) mixed with ITAME-HADA(板目肌).
HamonHAKOBA(箱刃) seen on the swords by the 2nd and the 3rd generation Kanewaka more often.
Boshi : Small MIDARE-KOMI(乱れ込み).

YasurimeO-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 and became the most notable swordsmith there.
  • It’s believed that he was a descendant of SHIZU SABURO KANEUJI(志津三郎兼氏).
  • He changed his smith name to Takahira(高平) when he received the ZURYOUMEI(受領名) of Ecchu-kami(越中守).
  • His name was succeeded through many generations but their signatures are very similar and some of them worked at the same period so it’s difficult which generation to attribute the sword to.
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