Just checking to see if there is any interested out there for Gendaito made by Emura, a WW2 smith that made Medium to High-Grade Gendaito for the war effort. He is particularly known for employing convict labor on the grounds of the Okayama Prison, making blades himself as well as training prisoners in the art.
An article written by Yoshikawa Tsunetaro is commonly known to give some insight into the prison forging war effort:
"Among my visits, the most memorable was a visit to a prison in Okayama. The head of the prison, Mr. Emura, while not a professional smith, made swords as a hobby. The swords made (by Emura) were polished within the prison by the prisoners. Blades were signed using his family name, "Emura", and also "Emura Chounsai". These blades were made with a nioi based shimatta choji in the Bizen tradition.
At first, before entering the facility, I wondered what type of person would be in this prison-I felt a bit of anxiety at the thought of these criminals. When the time came and I entered the prison, I witnessed the prisoners, large streams of sweat pouring from their brows as they worked, and I forgot my prior anxiety. I clearly remember the strenuous effort with which the prisoners toiled as they learned the craft of the sword."
- TOKEN SYNZU, No.213, February 7, 1981
The pictures are a far better indication of quality than I can clumsily write. I will point out that there are markings to the blade that extend a few CM from the habaki onto the blade. There is also a small kitae on the Ji.
NOTE: The blade was polished by a trained togishi in Japan, not a backyard amateur trying to ruin a good sword here!
The sword comes with basic origami to attest to authenticity and quality.
The sword is in shirasaya and silk bag, with a basic habaki.
Asking price is $6,000 AUD or $4800 USD. I'm far more interested in trades. Cash comes and goes.