I am offering a highly collectable blade from my collection for every Gendaito enthusiast.
This is a very early work Hayana Enshin (Meiji 1868) who is one of the important Gnedaito smithes during Meiji era. Enshin is rated 2 Million Yen and known to have made high to superior grade Gendaito. Often by using foriegn steel (yotetsu), reported for his high skill forging it.
His First signature was Masahiro since he was a student of Bushu ju Suzuki Jiro Minamoto Masao (Josaku) wo was a sudent of famous Minamoto Kiyomaro (rated Saijosako)
So Enshin is Kyomaro line. Enshin was also a Samurai of the Toyohashi clan and died 1920 at age of 75.
This sword bears a very early gras script signature and thus has to be one of his earliest works. I had great difficulty in getting the signature trasnlated until Bob Benson kindly came up with the conclusion.
Aside from the scarce signature this blade is rare Nagamaki shape. It is in new Sashikomo polish and housed in an old high quality Shirasaya. I found it coming from an estate sale and got it restored.
Nagasa is approx. 61 cm. It has a brass Habaki. There are some small Kitae Kizu (no Shintetsu, no Fukure but some small Ware)
It is beautifull blade using very quality steel. The Shirasaya should be overhauled in my oppinion as its outside shows wear / scuffing and it has the two horn inlyas at the Mekugi Ana missing. I can recommend you good craftman for this both in the USA and Europe. The cost should run at around USD 100.00
When I get a chance to I will take better images. My images do not do the blade justice.
I believe this to be a desireable blade for any Gendaito collector.
Price is USD 7000.00 and I gurantee the blade get Hozon from NBTHK as the Mei and work is genuine without any doubt. I believe it should also make it to Tokubetso Hozon if submitted but I am no Shinsa team.