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Very Rare Kakushi Tsukuri Katana w/ Spring Loaded Tsuba

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1342649

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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A very unusual Katana held in a saya (scabbard) made to look like a gnarled branch cut into a poor man’s cane. When pulled a spring-loaded mechanism releases two iron flanges creating a very effective tsuba hand guard. The blade is unsigned, measuring Nishaku nissun nibu {26-1/2 inches (67.3 cm)}. The remnants of a piece of paper remain glued to the saya with the name Masaaki Noma (?) written in cursive Roman letters, followed by UZUMASA, an area in Kyoto city. The end is capped in metal, and in fact, the Koiguchi and Fuchi (at the mouth of the scabbard and handle) are also metal, which blend perfectly with the carved wood.