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1 desirable Japanese World War II Takayama Forge Navy Officer's Samurai sword available.  This highly sought after katana was made by Hattori Masahiro.  This Japanese sword would make an important addition to any collection.

Swords made at the Takayama  Forge are highly collectible.  In addition, Masahiro made swords in a distinctive 'old way'.  He made swords with a kissaki that was almost 3 times thicker than a normal katana's kissaki.  During World War 2, only Masahiro, and perhaps Masanao (at the Takayama Forge) made swords with this type of kissaki.  This type of sword tip was made to reduce the likelihood of a break or chip at the blade tip.  A sword made by Masahiro is of exceptional rarity. 

There are an unusually high number of kanji on the nakago.  The nakago/tangi is signed 'Kin Saku Takayama to    Hattori Masahiro'.  The lower left side of the nakago is signed with the polisher's name.  The oil-tempered 'no rust steel' blade measures 25 5/16" (64.3 cm) from blade tip to notch in the blade spine.  The nakago has an especially large Naval anchor stamp.  An additional distinguishing feature of a Masahiro blade is the distinctive ratio of nakago length to overall sword length. 

The tsuka has black leather under the silk wrap.  The saya is made of premium sharkskin.  The gold gilt on all sword fittings is still 90%+.  A fine sarute is present. 

This sword has a highly collectible Navy Officer's Sword Belt with it. 

The mounts are in exceptional condition.  The sharkskin is perfect.  There is no rust, and there are no chips in the blade. 

This rare and exceptional Takayama Forge Japanese Naval Officer's sword would make an important addition to any collection.

Specific Name Specific Value
Period World War 2
Country Japan

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