Item #: BQ3388 -- A WWII Period Japanese Signed Kanenori Katana in Gunto Mounts -- $1500.00
The blade signed, "Kanenori in Nakirishimei" and dated Showa 18, 3rd Month for March 1943 with very small Na stamp wich was the mark for the chief inspector department of control at Nagoya Arsenal. This smith is a listed with several oshigatas in Slough on pages 56 and 57 and was a 1 million yen maker and first seat winner in the 1941 national exhibition. One of the oshigata examples in Slough is almost a perfect match to this sword. In addition to excellent gendai he was also known to make Showatos. This blade is out of polish with evidence of stateside cleaning, etc., and the hamon is currently unclear. The blade is robust, without bends and has no kizu. It is a diamond in the rough and will polish without issues to probably display an active gunome hamon. The mounts are complete, but the tsuka appears to be a field replacement. The fuchi spring button lock is missing along with the sarute and seppas.The ito handle wrap is shot and in need of a rewrap. The saya is complete and dent free with a period black lacquer finish. A sound sword by an important swordsmith that will restore very well. 66.2 cm. Nagasa.