Item #: BQ3451 -- An Excellent Japanese Kikuhide Signed and 1943 Dated Gunto Katana -- $1250.00
An excellent gunto katana by listed WW2 Seki swordsmith Kikuhide. The nakago is ubu with a small NA Nagoya arsenal control acceptance stamp and with one ana, signed Kikuhide in two characters. It is also dated Showa 18, 10 month (October 1943). A well made blade with fine proportions and moderate curve and fine silver plated brass habaki. A former collector cleaned the blade and the hamon is difficult to see but visible sections appear to be medium suguha with gunome. The untouched original shingunto koshirae is excellent with the original four seppa. The blade with minor surface abrasions, oxidization and age staining and the mounts show minor use and period wear. The saya is missing part of its wooden liner and has a couple of very minor surface dents. 66.5 cm. blade nagasa.