An Rare Important & Spectacular Japanese Antique EDO Period, 1600- 1868 , , very High Quality Samurai Sword Signed, `` KANENORI `` . Kanenori 1661 was a katana kaji of Echigo province now known as Niigata prefecture & was a Leading well documented Swordsmith of the GANMAKU Sword making school that produced ***** Good Quality Blades in the Soshu-den & Mino Tradition . Little was known about this Sword school until recently much like Yamashiro Blades that have now skyrocketed in price & are very sought after . This schools Sword makers have kept alive the older very desired sword making Traditions that produced the best quality Samurai Swords from the height of Samurai warfare in the Muomachi Period . This Blade is of the Older Traditional Muromachi Period, 1392 - 1573, or early Momoyama Period style . Sayagaki Reads KANENORI & its all very well written on a New High quality Shirasaya . The blade is of exceptional quality & condtion is Excellent , Full New Japanese Polish , 24 Karat Solid GOLD Heavy Weight over , 1.5 ounce very ornate Habaki . Fine quality old Nishiki silk Brocade storage Bag with silk bindings . Blade Lenght 545 mm : Blade Width 33 mm : Blade thickness 7 mm ; Cutting Edge 420 mm : O`Kissaki 75 mm : Sori 15 mm : Nakago is Ubu & Funagata Masamune school style : Wazamono Ranked sharpness. A Very Healthy blade rare to find from this era in such fine original condition . Spectacular Hada & Hamon . Suit the most discerning collector or investor. Copy of official Japanese government document of authenticity supplied on Sale & also copies of other published documents from this Sword school listing the maker as a Leading Sword smith. Just fielding a few questions coming in from prospective buyers in Europe who are asking for a break down in costs for this sword . Shirasaya of this quality with Sayagaki written up is going to cost around U.S.A $500-$650.00 : 24 Carat Solid Gold Ornate 1.5 + ounces Habaki of this quality U.S.A$1,500.00 + : Full New High Quality Japanese Polish like this U.S.A$100.00 per cm -U.S.A$4,200.00 : Antique High quality silk storage Bag in Nishiki silk Brocade $350.00 : Thats a Ball Park figure of Total U.S$6,700.00 , which does not include the value of the blade, say another few Thousand + Dollars . If you like to compromise the quality you could maybe buy these fittings cheaper from outside Japan , maybe . Assistance regarding Import documents will be given to buyers in Europe & particularly Italy upon request .