WW2 Showato-to Takayama-To Toyama Ryu iai
In very good condition, a showa-to by Takayama, the Toyama Ryu
iai sword instructor / master / maker, signed Shinbu Fusatsu Takayama
This is a scarce WW2 Japanese naval sword. It was made by the Takayama
sword forge facility, which made Japanese naval officer swords.
This obviously is not a true naval officer's sword, it is a Toyama
Ryu iai katana; we are unsure if these katanas were used solely
for training or were used in battle. Takayama-To swords were developed
by the Japanese Navy under the direction of Col. Takayama Masayoshi.
He was the creator of Jissen Budo Takayama Ryu Batto Jutsu (AKA
Toyama Ryu iai), and taught sword techniques at the Imperial Naval
Academy during the war. The technique was developed by Col. Takayama
Masayoshi on the battlefields of China, who claimed standard sword
fighting techniques used by the Japanese army were not enough to
kill an opponent with a single strike. He improved sword fighting
techniques and became a convicted war criminal for his efforts.
We believe the over-length saya is original as we have seen an identical
katana on eBay, see also the photos here; Toyama
The 26 1.4 inch cutting edge blade (excludes habaki) is in overall
good condition, with straight hamon still showing quite clearly.
The tip has some corrosion and there are scratches and stains and
light patina patches. The special shaped tsuka (handle) with dragon
and orb menuki plus cherry blossom fuchi is especially nice. The
plain iron tsuba, standard for this sword, is marked "Jinchu"
(loyalty). The black lacquered saya has some damage to the mouth
/ throat area (can be repaired); again, we are sure from other exact
same swords that the saya was oversized for some reason and that
this saya is original to the sword.
The mei "Shinbu Fusatsu Takayama to Ujinaga saku" means
"Divine techniques do not kill Takayama Ujinaga (made this)."
Bearing in mind one of these were on eBay for $1550 USD before
the seller removed it (presumably he sold it for more elsewhere),
and we are sure our price is a superb opportunity and investment.
Further / full sized images available upon request. Please quote
item reference F14 (877).