Nanboku-cho era (1336 to 1392) Katana, swordsmith
In very good condition and reasonable polish, a Nanboku-cho period
katana made by quality swordsmith Nobukiyo.
One of four Japanese nihonto swords I bought from a deceased prolific
militaria collector's estate; he was most active buying in the early
1970's. This one came with a mei translation tag stating the swordsmith
was Nobukiyo circa 1330. Well, the mei is definitely Nobukiyo, and
the only one I can find that signed the tang simply "Nobukiyo"
was this one, Nihonto
Club. So the mei tag was pretty accurate, except for a few years
outside the date, as he was only apparently active from 1389-1390.
It is amazing to think this blade is over 700 years old. And yes,
I am prepared to guarantee its authenticity.
The impressive 27 inch blade has a mostly straight hamon; there
is shallow ware (forging lines) here and there, mostly on one side.
Reference number B04. Full sized / further images available upon