Oei era Bizen Naginata-Naoshi Katana, Full
Polish, For Sale
In full polish (polished by a fully trained second generation
polisher in Japan), an Oei era (July 1394 through April 1428) Bizen
Naginata-Naoshi Katana, Shin Gunto mounts & ShiraSaya. The mei
is badly corroded, but the expert opinion is Oei era Bizen for sure,
but are split on the smith; one line believes it to be Bishu Osafune
Ju Yoshikage (son-in-law of the legendary Chogi), another Bishu
This Naginata-Naoshi came to us in special WW2 shin gunto mounts
and we paid for it to go to Japan for the best polish possible.
The blade is a Naginata-Naoshi (pole arm) converted for use as a
katana blade. As a Naginata-Naoshi, like many (though not all others),
it has a bo utsuri requenshing decoration line at the Mune-Machi
(notch on the top of the blade). We have retained the shin gunto
mounts for you, but the polisher recommends not to use them in case
they abrase the blade.
The 26 13/16 inch cutting edge (Nagasa) blade is exceptional, with
only a few of the tiniest forging flaws. The shin gunto mounts,
specially made for this monster of a blade, has a mon type silver
disc to the kabuto-gane (pommel) which reads "Nakano";
this may either be the name of the officer or the Imperial Japanese
Army's Elite Intelligence School.
An exceptional guaranteed Oei era Bizen Naginata-Naoshi Katana
blade for only £4000 (please, do not ask for a discount as
you will not get one, as blades of this quality regularly sell at
auction for over twice that amount, and from specialist nihonto
dealers for over three times what we are asking).
Please quote item reference N83. Further / full sized images upon
request. Box 0111-1.18 (3.377)