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Japanese Antique Samurai Sword

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1940: Item # 827938
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Japanese samurai sword, Naval issue for WWII, all original fittings with raised bamboo motif, beautifully wrapped handle, tang signed by 23rd Generation Fujiwara Kanefusa: "the Kanefusa lineage of swordsmiths of Mino Province dates back to the Muromachi era in the 1400's. The 23rd generation Kanefusa worked during the WWII era and was a direct descendant of this famous line of swordsmiths. This lineage continues today with the 25th generation Kanefusa. The 23rd generation Kanefusa's name of Kato Koichi. He was born in 1900. During the Showa Period he studied under Kato Jumyo and worked in Seki (Mino/modern Gifu Prefecture). During the war years he made many blades for the military, both army and navy and for civil officials. He won numerous awards in sword exhibitions and contests during this period. He was ranked 1st Seat (National Swordsmith) in the 6th Exhibition of Swords held in 1941. He was ranked Kibin no Retsu in 1942 by Kurihara Hikosaburo at the Tosho Banzuke (J. Kim). Many of his blades are signed as being prize winning blades. Blades by the 23rd generation Kanefusa have received origami from the NBTHK of NTHK. This school of swordsmiths is noted for making a special style of hamon known as "Kanefusa midare". ( Total length: 38" long