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27 minutes ago, cisco-san said:

seems to be xxx Akinobu saku kore and might be a nice blade :)

Yes its is a gunsui-to from Akinobu, very heavy and thick


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43 minutes ago, cisco-san said:

would like to see some pics from the blade ;-)

where are some in Gunto picture thread form Michael. I am waitung for sunny days to make good picture, but i have one closeup for you,





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Hi Volker,


yes its gunsui hagane wo motte. Not so many information about Akinobu:

AKINOBU (昭信), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Chiba – “Akinobu” (昭信), real name Hatano

Yasuo (幡野保雄), born 1899, he studied under Kurihara Akihide (栗原昭秀) and worked as a

rikugun-jumei-tōshō, kihin no retsu (Akihide), Special Honor Seat at the 6th Shinsaku Nihontō

Denrankai (新作日本刀展覧会, 1941)

And it would be interesting to see a Akinobu Katana made with Tamahage. But i didn´t find any pictures.


Article about Kanetomo: http://www.nihontocraft.com/Kanetomo.html 

KANETOMO (兼友), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Gunma –

“Kōzuke-jūnin Ryuminsai

Kanetomo saku” (上野住人龍眠斎兼友), “Ryuminsai Kanetomo Nyūdō kore o saku”

(龍眠斎兼友入道之作), real name Kiribuchi Yūji (桐渕又市・桐淵又一), gō Ryūminsai

(龍眠斎), he worked as rikugun-jumei-tōshō and lived in Tomioka´s (富岡) Nanukaichi (七日市), he

also made gunsui-tō, kihin no retsu (Akihide), First Seat at the 6th Shinsaku Nihontō Denrankai

(新作日本刀展覧会, 1941), chū-saku


Maybe both smith have a connection, not shure about it






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