Seki Zenjo Chikanori
31.4" Custom Order gift-sword from the Saito Daimyo
                                                            to another Daimyo
This is a Truly Grand Sword
Ansei 3, 1856


Solid silver Tachi Tsuba and O-Seppa with Gold wrap Mimi

Tachi-Tsuba
Signed:
Takasaki-Shi Chumon O Sasamizu Getsumichi Tsukuru
Toki Taisho Roku-nen Shichi-gatsu 
    "Sasamizu Getsumichi made - by order of Takasaki-Shi" 


Pure Elegance


 
      ~This is a magnificent sword~
Nagasa: 31 5/16" - 79.4cm 
        41 7/8" Overall 

Seki Zenjo Chikanori  - Kaei 1848. Kikuchi Toyosaburo. First signed, Chikanori (Nori = CHI), Modifying later to Nori (SOKU "Law")
Seki Zenjo school line.  An Hitachi master from Murakura, his learning was heavily influenced by grandfather, Godai Megawa Murakansaburo last of the Bandotaro Bokuden - and also neighbor, KawamuraToyosaburo. 

Tempo Ju-ichi, 1840, he studied with Taikei Naotane when Naotane was making swords and teaching at Kashu-jo castle in the service of the Mito at their Han district. 

He followed Naotane on his own to Edo in pursuit of knowledge. He later took his leave to return and make swords for the Mito. He made Yamato Den Suguha, Gunome-Midare Ba, Gunome and Notareba. 
Chikanori died in the fifth year of Ansei, 1858. The second Chikanori worked from Keio to the Meiji. 

Breath-taking gift from one Daimyo to another Daimyo, it is the highest quality. Made in 1855.
An Elegant Sugata and harmony of balance in the powerful Yakiba and Jigane.
Fine Ko-Itame Hada with Masa that is nearly Muji in appearance. 
Yakiba is a stately Hiro-Sugu Ko-Midare Ko-Notare Ba of leaning, deep-falling Ashi. There is a great complexity of Striating Sunagashi through Ko-Gunome Ko-Choji Midare that dresses the Habuchi. As complex and fine as any Koto.
Boshi is Sugu Komaru. 
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63 Years later, this Chikanori was mounted in Silver Taisho Koshirae - Three Mon Menuki, Takeda, Asano Hawk-feathers Koshirae

Tokubetsu Hozon NBTHK appraisal papers and Tanobei Sayagaki.


 

 



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