Item #: BQ1208 -- Fine Japanese Hand-made (Gendai) Katana by the Respected Smith Mano Masayasu (4th seat 1941 Exhibition) in Rare High Quality WWII Navy Officer's (Kai Gunto) Mounts, ca. 1940 -- $4750.00
The sword's nakago is ubu with one original ana and signed, "Bishu ju Mano Masayasu Kitau Kore." This is an excellent work; this smith worked in Aichi and is written up in John Slough's book, "Modern Japanese Swordsmiths 1868-1945," p. 108. The hamon has lots of activity in a gunome form with nie, nioi and sunagashi. The hada is fine masame. The original polish is very good with very light scuffs. Mounts are in fine original condition with a total of eight seppa. 41 1/4" overall, 25 5/8" nagasa.