This sword is signed on the nakago, ” Kazusa no Suke Fujiwara Kaneshige ” and still retains it’s original length. It is in old polish but looks fresh, showing the beautiful hamon of notare and gunome midare with Nie-deki, Kinsuji and sunagashi. The blade measures 27.1 inches along the cutting edge with a nice curve ( sori ). Kaneshige swords are considered ” good sharp sword ” as Ryo Wazamono. Kaneshige worked in the Musashi province and is listed in Hawleys, page 215, KAN2267 and is assigned 15 points.