Gendai Katana by Hideaki

Signature: ZuiSen MinaMoto HideAki, with a custom ordered signature
Year Made: Showa 7 1933.
Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gunome with midare
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  30", Nakago: 8.25", Mihaba: 1 5/16", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: .5/16", Sori: 13/16"  
Mountings:  Shirasaya with one piece silver Habaki
Condition: Excellent.  More commonly known as ToshiHide, HideAki was one of the pre-eminent smiths of his time.  When the crown prince was born in 1933, he changed his name to ToshiHide, concerned that his name contained the same Aki character as the prince.  This is perhaps one of his last HideAki signed swords.  He is listed as a High to Superior Grade Gendai smith and was awarded a Special Honor Noted Seat in the 1941 Exhibition.

SwordsElliott Tan