Nicely Mounted Shinto Katana
Signature: Izumi (no) Kami Kanesada, suriage/O-suriage(?).
Year Made: Shinto
Forging Pattern: Mokume/itame.
Tempering Pattern: Notare.
Dimensions: Blade Length: 26 inchesNakago: 6.25 inches 6 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Buke zukuri mounts in good condition. The tsuka appears to have been professionally rebuilt. Shakudo nanako fuchi/kashira of fisherman, menuki of what appears to be farm implements. Nice old iron tsuba depicting a fisherman with hills in background reeds in the foreground in gold and copper inlay. Hitsu ana plugged with shakudo. Brown silk ito and large nodule same in like new condition. Saya has a few dents but is basically very good. Silver foil "boar's eye" design habaki , which unfortunately, appears to have been beaten or pried off the sword leaving it somewhat the worse for wear..
Overall Condition: Good, A nice old Shinto blade and from what I can gather from more experienced translators much, the jist of the engraving on the nakago attests that before the nakago was shortened it was signed Izumi (no) Kame Kanesada. It will have to be sent to shinsa to verify the accuracy of that statement. The blade has a nice hada that is difficult to photograph and a hamon in nioi. It has a few ware, the longest in the shinogiji and some spider rust and old rust in the hamon. It could be polished or enjoyed as is, as the non-rusted part of the blade is in good polish. The mounts are nicely matched and overall this is an excellent package for the beginning collector.