Nicely Made Showa Sword by Kanemasa in Shin-Gunto Mounts
Signature: Takauchi Kanemasa.
Year Made: WW II era
Forging Pattern: Very dense masame? Hard to tell but definitely has visible grain
Tempering Pattern: A gunome midare resembling koshi no hirata midare in nioi.
Dimensions: Blade Length: 26.19 inchesNakago: 8.375 inches 6 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Partial '34 shin-gunto. Has quality fittings and well made leather combat cover on saya. Missing tsuba, seppa and sarute. Uses a leather strap and "snap" retention system, well made of leather collar for fuchi.
Overall Condition: Very good, the sword has grain to it, so it has been folded of steel of some quality, the hamon has the bright nioi look associated with an oil quenched sword, which would make this a quality gunto. There are what seem to be small partial "Seki" stamps in two places and the file mark direction and coloration is different where a stamp would usually be found. There is some indication the the machi may have been moved forward a bit for some reason. The polish is in good condition with some scratching in two areas on the sword. There is scratching on the kissaki and a few small pits. The polish was done well and the sword is not very "wavy" if you sight down it. The smith took quite a bit of care in its manufacture and water quenching, while doubtful, cannot be ruled out. It is a nicely shaped beefy blade which would be excellent for use in certain martial arts or the missing pieces of the mounting could be replaced for a quality example of a WW II officer's sword.