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KANEMICHI Japanese Gendai Sword -WW2 Samurai Katana—2 MILLION YEN SMITH/Antique

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1 Japanese WWII gendaito sword available.  This sword was made by the 2 Million Yen, Sword Forging Teacher, Kanemichi.  This World War 2 Japanese sword would make an important acquisition for any collection.    

This is early work for Kanemichi.  He signed with his first, early signature Kanetoki.  

This a traditionally-made, water-tempered sword made with tamahagane.  

The blade measures 26 5/8" (67.6 cm) from the blade tip to the bottom of the notch in the habaki.  This fine sword is mounted in shirasaya.   


At the 1941 Sword Exhibition, Kanemichi was ranked Special Honor Noted Seat--Sword Forging Teacher.  John Slough noted in this book:

'His real name is Kojima Tokijiro.  Kanemichi was born in July 1902.  At first he studied under Kojima Katsumasa who used to be the student of Zenjo Kaneyoshi.  Later he became a student of Watanabe Kanenaga.  He was a Rikugen Jumei Tosho and had many students.'

The blade is in original polish with only a few scattered small pits.  Owing to this sword being an early work of Kanemichi's (having been made roughly 1935-1937), there are two small blisters.  The blade is perfectly straight.  The hamon/temper line and boshi are perfectly healthy.  

Specific Name Specific Value
Period World War 2
Country Japan
Maker Kanemichi - Special Honor Noted Seat

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