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S129. Star Stamped Gendai Tachi by Kumabe Tadatoshi

$1,600 + Shipping & Insurance

S129.  Tachi signed Higo Ju Tadatoshi and dated Showa Ju Ku Nen Ju Ichi Gatsu Hi (a day in November of 1944).

Nagasa:  26 3/4"  67.8 cm.

Sori:  1.5 cm.

Moto Haba:  3.3 cm.

Moto Kasane:  .7 cm.

Saki Haba:  2.2 cm.

Saki Kasane:  .5 cm.

Nakago Nagasa:  8 3/4"  22.3 cm.

Overall length in shirasaya:  39"  99 cm.

The hada is ko itame tending towards masame.  The hamon is a bright nioi-guchi covered in fine ko-nie: complex variations of choji with sunagashi, kinsuji, nijuba, yo and other tempered areas above the yakiba, and what must be utsuri (not often seen on blades of this time, I think).  The boshi is shallow undualtions ending in o-maru with a short kaeri, and it is swept.  The blade comes mounted in shirasaya that is somewhat atypical (possibly not made in Japan) but otherwise in good condition, and with a brass habaki.  Except for one small (about 7 mm long) and tight ware' (see my last blade picture) the blade is flawless and in polish.

Kumabe Tadatoshi was born in Taisho 2 (1913).  He was a Rikugun Jumei Tosho, for which he had to pass tests given by the Japanese Army and which allowed him to use the star stamp.  Also, he was a Meiyo Sosho member of the Kokuho'in Kai, he was awarded a gold medal in a war era sword making competition, and he won the Nyusen award 5 times (information gleened from The Nihonto Message Board).  This sword is spectacular and possibly underpriced (I'm getting weak in my old age).  I think you'll be pleased.  2 pounds, 11 ounces.  $1,600.

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