WW2 Japanese Naval Officer's Kai-Gunto, signed
In good condition, a WW2 Imperial Japanese naval officer's kai-gunto
katana / sword, signed Noriyoshi.
Raising the prospect this is a gendaito blade (though I do not
believe so), this naval officer's kai gunto has no arsenal stamp
to the tang.
The 67.5 cm (cutting edge) katana length blade is in very good
order with a straight hamon. The saya is rayskin but it has dried
and thereby shrunk a little, showing a gap along the joint. The
hilt bindings are complete but have moved a little, so needs someone
with a little time and patience to get them looking 100%. Other
that this, it is a very fine sword indeed. Further / full sized
images upon request. Our item reference number is 979 (413).
Our thanks to Simon Magata who has provided the following information;
According to Encyclopedia of Japanese sword smiths by von Markus
Sesko, the swordsmiths real name was: Nakagawa Nakanosuke and he
studied in 1908 under Fujita Akiyoshi. Iin 1936 he then opened his
own forgerey and worked as a Rikugun-Jumei-Tosho
under the name Noriyoshi.