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Gendaito Japanese Shin Gunto, Murayama Kaneyuki, for sale

In good condition with high original polish, a Gendaito Japanese Shin Gunto, Murayama Kaneyuki.

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The mei / signature on this is most unusual / rare, it reads "Noshu Kaneyuki motte magane iri saku", or made by Kaneyuki with iron inside. Records show Murayama Kaneyuki as being active during WW2 but most active after the war, so this would appear to be one of his earliest works. The inscription and irregular sambon-sugi ha hamon with a few loose clouds and distinct white border shows this blade to be gendaito. A scan of the relevant page on Kaneyuki from a respected reference book (Modern Japanese Swordsmiths 1868 - 1945) is available with extra photos.

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The 25 1/4 inch nagasa (cutting edge section) blade is in very good condition with original still high polish. There is a little movement with the tsuba (guard) and tsuka (handle) which appears related to same (rayskin) shrinkage; an additional sepa (blade washer) would probably resolve it. Otherwise the tsuka components all good / as they should be. The saya was once covered in leather for combat or is a later replacement; it is hard to tell, but in good condition. The sword sheathes and draws well.

This is a beautiful sword and worth every penny of £1750. Please quote item reference number AF37. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Box 1095-101x19x16 (1.976).

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