Item #: BQ1874 -- A Fine Japanese Hand-made (gendai) Katana by the Respected Smith Ichiryushi (Nagamitsu), ca. 1944, in Quality Near-mint 1944 WWII Army Officer's (shin gunto) Mounts -- $5125.00
The sword's nakago is ubu with two original ana, signed, "Nagamitsu Saku." The back edge of the nakago has a saka stamp and is numbered "3540." 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 ko-gunome with ashi and chogi midare . The hada is ko-itame. The original polish is excellent with some slight rubbing at the kissaki. Mounts are in fine condition, the ito possibly recent. 98.5 cm. overall, with 65.1 cm. nagasa.