Ancestral Late Koto/Early Shinto Katana in Shin-gunto Mounts

Signature Illegible.
Year Made:  Late Koto/early Shinto
Forging Pattern: Mokume mix difficult to see under light scratch covering blade. 
Tempering Pattern: Suguha in ko-nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  26.31 inchesNakago: 5.25 inches 5 mm thick and 30 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings:  '34 pattern army shin-gunto mounts in good condition. Silver washed copper habaki in good condition, wrap is tight but stained and frayed in places, fittings are of good quality but have seen use. Regulation metal saya covered with leather combat cover which is in decent condition for it's age. Saya is probably in excellent condition beneath it. Numbers match on all seppa and tsuba and appear original to the sword.
Overall Condition:  Good, sword is covered in light scratch making detail difficult to photograph but outside of some small ware in the shinogi-ji, minor spots of rust and pitting, this sword is in very good condition for it's age. There are trace of a mie that have been worn away by time and their position would indicate that the nakago is probably ubu. The thickness of the nakago in relation to the blade indicates there is some age to this blade. The hamon and boshi are intact and there is enough temper for a polish. There appears to be a nice mokume hada under that scratch and this may well be an ubu Koto blade worthy of a polish. It has a graceful shape with much taper and feels good in the hand. An interesting addition for your collection or an excellent starter sword.

SwordsElliott Tan