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MASAMITSU

GENDAI KATANA

ARMY GUNTO MOUNTS

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI:  MASAMITSU   NAGATO HITOMARU JU NEN KORE O TSUKURU

(Masamitsu, resident in Hitomaru of Nagato made this)
 

NAGASA: 25" (63.5cm)

OVERALL:  33.25" (84.45cm)

MIHABA: 1.1875" (3.0cm)

KASANE: 0.25" (0.635cm)

SORI: 0.4375" (1.11cm)

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME:  YOKOYASURI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: TIGHT ITAME

HAMON: GUNOME MIDARE WITH NIE

HABAKI: ONE PIECE GOLD FOIL

KISSAKI: CHU

BOSHI: KO-MARU

HORIMONO: NONE

GENDAI KATANA IN ARMY GUNTO MOUNTS

SMITH

This sword is a Gendaito produced by the sword smith Masamitsu. The "Masa" character used by this smith is quite rare and seldom encountered, however it is referenced in Hawley's "Japanese Sword smith's Revised", pg. 442 (MAS 1749). While not an abundance of information exists regarding this smith, Hawley's indicates that he worked around 1940 and obviously produced works for the war effort. It is unusual not only regarding the odd "Masa" character but the incredibly active hamon seen on this sword.

SWORD

The sword is forged in shinogi-zukuri style. The hamon is technically gunome midare, but again the hamon is incredibly active nioi and nie (see photos). It is hard to describe the hamon as it doesn't exactly fit any of the known terms.  The best I can say is it resembles kaen or flames, the way a fire dances and leaps. The hada is tight Itame almost muji with sprinklings of ji-nie throughout. The boshi is ko-maru with kaeri fukai or long turnback. The nakago is ubu with one mekugi ana. The yasurimei is yokoyasuri . The nakago has no stamps of any type, which does indicate Gendaito not Showato. The mune Iori. Habaki is a one piece gold foil, which is a little tarnished. As you can see in the photos there are no flaws or defects.

 

KOSHIRAE


Please look closely at the photos.
The Koshirae is a basic late war army mount. The fittings are cast and rather crudely, as was the norm during the latter part of the war, when materials were scarce. The tsuba has several stress fractures from casting as is commonly seen on many late war fittings. The saya is completely intact and in great condition with the exception of a small amount of shrinkage of the leather cover. The really great thing about the koshirae is that it retains the original surrender tag (豊浦郡粟野村  Toyoura-gun, Awano-mura - address) (松下豊 Matsushita Yutaka name), as well as the name and address of the owner under the leather flap on the saya  (豊浦郡粟野 Toyoura-gun, Awano - address) (松下恒義 Matsushita Tsuneyoshi name).


A really great package for the military or gendaito collector, but would make a nice starter piece as well as being perfect for the collector on a limited budget. Really a lot here for the price; a traditionally forged Katana in very good condition, lots of activity, complete military koshirae and provenance of the previous owner.

 

SOLD

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