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FINE HORIMONO—Shinshinto Samurai Katana in Japanese Army Officer Mounts. In FULL Polish. $3900

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#1 matthewbrice

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Posted 29 April 2020 - 12:06 AM

1 Shinshinto Japanese Samurai katana available. It was carried by Samurai during the late 1700's to early/mid 1800's. The daito was then remounted for carry in World War 2 by an IJA Army Officer. This piece would make a fine acquisition for any collector.
 
This sword is in full polish.
 
The blade was greatly shortened. You can see the original mekugi-ana/tang hole way down at the bottom. About 2 1/2" up from that was where the habaki originally sat. This sword was originally 34" long. The nagasa measures 26 1/2" (67.3 cm) from blade tip to notch in the blade spine.
 
This katana has fine horimono carving. Since this sword was shortened, much of the horimono carving is on the nakago under the tsuka/handle. What a beautiful piece. The reverse side has buddhist characters carved.
 
Full polish. The hamon and boshi are perfectly healthy. There are no ware, no fukure, no flaws--of any kind whatsoever, exactly as what is expected of a shinshinto piece. The mounts are nearly perfect.
 
This daito would be so interesting to get papered at shinsa.
 
Thank you.
 
 
 
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#2 Shamsy

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Posted 29 April 2020 - 12:35 AM

That is a gorgeous looking sword, Matt. I find it particularly interesting as it is a great example of a sword being shortened and I actually really like that the horimono is part of that shortening.

If I collected 98s, you'd have a sale mate.
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Posted 29 April 2020 - 12:43 AM

Reread twice you dont have the price Matt

My bad its in title
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#4 matthewbrice

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Posted 29 April 2020 - 12:45 AM

Thanks Shamsy.  When I saw it for sale, I had to add it to my dealer inventory.  It's a beauty!

 

 

 

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#5 DaveFarr

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Posted 29 April 2020 - 06:28 PM

I would suppose the IJA was strict on length- but I would hate to the guy who decided to cut down the family blade.


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Posted 29 April 2020 - 06:37 PM

Here are a couple of additional photos.  I forgot to note there is another cool feature of this sword--the mune has a kiri komi (sword cut).  

 

Let me know if any collectors or dealers have questions.  Once papered, this sword will be even more complete.  If the San Francisco show happens in August, this sword is an easy paper.  

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

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Posted 30 April 2020 - 03:25 PM

Can't believe this still here. Come on nihonto gods!
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Posted 30 April 2020 - 04:02 PM

I want the original pre-suriage :)


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Posted 30 April 2020 - 04:48 PM

Who wouldn't. lol if one is looking for that just right family/older blade taken to war ...under 4K....they just dont come along.
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Posted 30 April 2020 - 06:52 PM

Yep, my tastes are not in gunto but the blade is terrific even as it sits today. Too bad my budget is spent already


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