These mounts are sometimes mistaken and appear as Marine or Navel but this is not correct. This is a later period army officers sword from WWII. The sword is a hand forged blade and not mass produced. It has good hada that is well forged and has a very active hamon that is water quenched in the traditional manner. This is a very good example of a sword made by the Rikugun Jumei sword smith Kanetoshi. Kanetoshi is listed as a Rikugun Jumei Tosho. Swords made from this group can have a star stamp on the blade as this one has. This blade comes in original mounts and is in pristine condition.
From the “Japanese Sword Guide”
The presence of a STAR stamp on the nakago of a WW II era sword blade is an indicator of a blade made by hand and from swordsmiths of the Rikugun Jumei Tosho. To become Rikugun Jumei Tosho, a swordsmith had to pass tests and examination of his blades. Once accepted as an Army Certified Swordsmith (Rikugun Jumei Tosho), the smith was given a regular allocation of tamehagane with which to make sword blades. Jumei Tosho smiths also made blades using non-traditional materials, mainly forged mill steel. Blades with star stamps and which show nie in the yakiba are considered by some collectors to be gendaito; whereas other stamps were indicative of blades made by non-traditional methods and are therefore not gendaito. It is still hotly debated as to whether all tang stamps indicate non-traditionally made blades or whether certain stamps such as the star stamp indicate blades made in the traditional manner. Some star stamped blades have received origami from the NBTHK. A complete list of Rikugun Jumei Tosho swordsmiths was published in Showa 17 entitled “Rikugun Jumei Tosho Meibo”. There were also Navy commissioned swordsmiths (Kaigun Toko), but little information is currently available on them.
We have here a fine example of a traditionally made sword from the war era. Unique in its size at 25 1/2” this blade has all the attributes of a true gendaito. The hamon is a brilliant Midare-ba of Choji and Gunome with a multitude of Ashi and Yo. Ko-nie appears frosting the boshi and hamon. The hada is an itame mokume mix and is a brilliant example of a tradionaly forged sword.
The blade is in a new fresh beautiful polish with new shirasaya and tsunagi.
A rare treat that the sword has a star stamp and a testament to the validity and authenticity of the blade. The blade is signed by: Noshu Ju Kanetoshi and Dated: Showa Jyu ku nen roku gatsu (june 1926)
The term “gendai or gendaito” is used by collectors to refer to traditionally made blades; those which have folded steel and are water tempered. The Japanese require that for a sword to be “gendaito” it must be made of tamehagane or oroshigane even though it is impossible to tell what a sword is made from after the sword is finished and polished. Swords made of forge folded commercial mill steel look the same as those made of tamehagane after they are polished although some collectors feel that swords made of tamehagane are more likely to have active hamon and more prominent hada than those made of folded mill steel.
- Mei: Noshu Ju Kanetoshi
Date: Showa Jyu ku nen roku gatsu (june 1944)
- Nagasa: 25-1/2 inches
- Sori: 15.0 mm
- Width at the ha-machi: 34.1 mm
- Width at the yokote: 24.1 mm
- Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.7 mm
- Construction: Shinogi zukuri
- Mune: Iori
- Nakago: Ubu
- Kitae: Itame
- Hamon: Midare Gunome
- Boshi: Maru
- Condition: Good polish
Sale price: $4,500.00 (sale ends 2/10/17)
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Stu woods owner
sell for 4k-5k maybe and take commission out of that.