AKINORI

GENDAI KATANA

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: MIMASAKA JU AKINORI SAKU

DATE:  SHOWA JU KU NEN KU GATSU BI

NAGASA:  68cm (26.8125")

OVERALL:  89cm (35.125")

MIHABA:  3.175cm (1.25")

KASANE:  0.63cm (0.25")

SORI:  1.11cm (0.4375")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: KIRI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: ITAME, MASAME MIX

HAMON: MIDARE BASED ON NOTARE

BOSHI: KO-MARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI:  1 PC. COPPER

SHIRASAYA

 

NAKATA AKINORI

This is perhaps the nicest Gendaito I have ever listed, flawless and truly a beauty.  Initially, I was under the impression this sword was by "Sato Akinori" which can be seen on page 21 of Slough's, "Modern Day Swordsmiths".  However, with a bit of research, I am nearly convinced that this is the work of Nakata Akinori and/or that Sato Akinori and Nakata Akinori were two different smiths.  I have done a great deal of research, consulted and enlisted the help of some of the top gendai collectors and other experts in the field.

Until recently, there was so little research information available on Gendai swords that it was almost impossible to come too any definitive conclusion.   Even now,  there are swordsmiths works seen which are undocumented.  This smith may indeed be one of those.

Following is the rational behind my conclusion:

The Sato Akinori in Sloughs signed, "Musashi no Kuni Akinori", and used the standard Nori character 則

This sword is signed differently, and has an odd variant for Nori, (see photo above) as do several other examples I found.

This sword is signed Mimasaka Ju Akinori saku.

Steins site has a Akinori listed as an undocumented smith: https://www.japaneseswordindex.com/showa.htm

Steins also lists a photo of a mei like this one: http://www.japaneseswordindex.com/oshigata/akinori.jpg

From Sesko's, "Swordsmiths of Japan",  Akinori (昭徳), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Okayama – “Mimasaka-jű Akinori saku” (美作住昭徳作), “Sakushű-jű Akinori saku” (作州住昭徳作), “Akinori” (昭徳), family name Nakata (中田), student of Kurihara Akihide, he worked as a rikugun-jumei-tōshō, ryōkō no jōi (Akihide), Fourth Seat at the 1940 Shinsaku Nihontō Tenrankai, Fourth Seat at the 1941 Shinsaku Nihontō Tenrankai, Fourth Seat at the 1942 Shinsaku Nihontō Tenrankai
 

One of the persons I contacted was my friend Markus Sesko who is by trade a translator and author.  I contacted Markus as he is currently working on the largest Gendaito Project ever undertaken to see if he had any additional information on these Gendai Akinori smiths. 

Following is what Markus had to say.
"At this point, I am pretty positive that Nakata Akinori and Sato Akinori were two different smiths. First the different character for Nori, although that alone is not a very strong differentiation because those guys changed their names so often. But secondly, they also bore different family names, i.e. Nakata and Sato and thirdly, the Kurihara book lists them separately in the Kurihara Akihide School genealogy, i.e. one Nakata Akinori (whose first name is unknown), and one Sato Akinori whose first name was Yoshitaro (also read Ryotaro). " 

My conclusion coincides with Markus's thoughts and seems the most logical given the information available, yet it is subject to change upon the addition of credible information.

Even though the photos of this sword came out quite well, it still does not compare to seeing it in hand.

 

$7500 plus S/H  

 

If you would like to see more on the "Gendaito Project" and/or make a donation to help fund this important work, here is the link:  https://markussesko.com/2017/02/07/gendaito-project-2/

 

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