Item #: BQ1199 -- A Fine Japanese Hand-made (gendai) Katana by the Respected Smith Ichiryushi (Nagamitsu), ca. 1944, in Quality Near-mint 1944 WW2 Army Officer's (shin gunto) Mounts -- $4750.00
The sword's nakago is ubu with two original ana, signed, "Ichiryushi Saku." This is an excellent work; the smith worked in Okayama and is written up in John Slough's book, "Modern Japanese Swordsmiths 1868-1945," pp. 35 & 123-125. The cutting ability of this smith's work was among the best of any smith of the period. The hamon has lots of activity in a suguha form with fine nie, nioi and ashi. The hada is fine itame. The original polish is excellent with some slight rubbing at the kissaki. Mounts are in fine original. 39" overall, with 25 5/16" nagasa.