Shinto Katana In D-Guard Mounts
Year Made: Shinto
Forging Pattern: Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gonome Midare
Dimensions: Nagasa: 27 1/2", Nakago: 7 1/16", Mihaba: 1 1/8", Sakihaba: 3/4", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 3/8"
Mountings: Leather wraped saya is in nice condition except the stitching at between the koi guchi and hanger are ripped out but this can be repaired. The leather at the kogiri is worn through and this is probably not repairable because the leather has shrunk with age. The D-handle is in fine condition. The habaki is one piece copper with a silver wash the is mostly gone. It is starting to split at the front of the habaki but it is still storng and holds the koshirae together tight.
Overall Condition: The blade is very good and does not need to be polished. The gonome midare hamon can be seen clearly and is very attractive. The is one minor forging opening in the shinogi ji and another along the shinogi which do not detract from the sword.