Ordering number : 19449
Katana in Shirasaya(consignment sale)
Signature : (Kikusui Mon) Oite Minatogawa Jinja Zuisen Horii Toshihide Saku(not guarantee)
Motte ich Houon Kouji 2600 Nen
Explanation: Kikusuimon(Japanse navy shrine.
Army was Yasukuni shrine used) Kikusui is a mark
of Minatogawa shrine and made this sword for the shrine
by Horii Toshihide, by his appreciation
the date is 1940 (Kouki 2600 Nen)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : silver single habaki.
Blade length : 66.36 cm or 26.126 inches.
Sori :1.82 cm or 0.717 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi :3.14 cm or 1.236 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.25cm cm or 0.886 inches.
Kasane : 0.75cm or 0.3 inches.
The weight of the sword715grams.
Era : 1940 .Showa 15th.
Shape : The blade is rather wide and thick with deep sori and longer kissaki and also ubuha. On both sides of the blade has Bo-Hi.
Jigane :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach.
Hamon :Nioideki Choji midare from the Hamachi area to the top of the Shinogi line with sunagashi and kinsuji work.
Bo-shi is midarekomi and komaru shape with Kinsuji.
Special feature : Horii Toshihide whose real name was Kaneyoshi Horii
was born in 1886 as the third son of Hirokichi Tokuda in Shiga pref.
Toshihide became a pupil of Horii Taneaki in 1904
and succeeded the Horii School as the Third.
Toshihide used three names: Hideaki, Kaneaki and Toshihide. In 1918, Toshihide went to Hokkaido
at the invitation of Nihon-Seiko, a famous steelmaking company
at Muroran City. He continued forging sword there.
Toshihide is thought as one of a representative swordsmith
of the first half of Showa period, in the prewar Japan.
He passed away in 1943 during the Second World War.
From Aoi Art: Horii Toshihide was one of the top ranking wordsmith
and made a lot of swords during war time.
This sword is unusual precious sword.
Because Mainly he made a lot of sword for army soldiers.
He made this sword for navy god Minatogawa shrine
with kikusui the symbol of the Minatogawa shrine and also Koku 2600.
The nation Japan is united in the face of the coming war.
There was an era background that went into war
The blade looks nice but the signature is questionable.
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.