Gendaito or Nihonto Katana, unsigned, good
polish, superb hamon (sold)
Either late WW2 Showato / Gendaito or Nihonto, a stunning Katana
with superb hamon in nearly full polish.
This sword came from a deceased prolific militaria collector's
estate auction in the UK. He was a prolific collector mostly in
1970's, while it was easier to buy quality swords / blades. I bought
four katanas and many other excellent edged weapons (non-Japanese).
Included in the four katanas I bought was this one and a highly
ju Yoshihira. This particular katana caught my eye because of
the superb hamon and good state of polish, though the blade was
mounted in very dated, poorly applied plastic rich mounts (very
70's). So I trashed the mounts it was in and had this new set made
for it. I will let the hamon do the talking now.
I suspect the blade was made at the end of or just after World
War 2. It is unsigned and has three Mekugi Ana (peg holes), indicating
the blade has been remounted several times. I suspect the blade
was deliberately unsigned to hide the identity of the swordsmith
who made it during troubled times.
The excellent 25 1/2 inch blade has a few marks to it, but not
many. The new mounts are all good and tight. Please quote reference
number B03 (590). Full sized / further images available upon request.