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WW2 Japanese Samurai Sword/Antique Naval SUETSUGU SHIGEMITSU -Sharkskin Gendaito

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1 antique World War II Japanese Samurai Navy Officer's kai-gunto sword available.  This WW II gendaito sword was made by a top rated smith.  This sword would make an important addition to any collection.

 

This gendai sword is signed Tsukushi Suetsugu (Suetsugu SHIGEMITSU).  

Suetsugu Shigemitsu was awarded the honorary ranking 'Genro' by the Nihon Token Tanrenjo (NTT) and the Nihon Token Shinbunshi (NTS) in 1943.  Among this small Genro group are the masters:  Kasama Ikkansai Shigetsugu, Horii Toshitsugu, Gassan Sadakatsu, Miyaguchi Ikkansai Shigehiro, Watanabe Kanenaga, and Suetsugu Shigemitsu. 

 

 

The seppa, tsuba, etc. all have the same matching assembly numbers '216'.  The nakago also has the assembly number '216' stamped on it.  This sword has a fine sharkskin saya.  This sword has a fine sarute.  

 

The blade measures 26 1/4 (66.3 cm).  The hamachi/munemachi blade width measurement is especially wide in this fine sword, measuring almost 1 1/2" wide.  

The hamon is complex--and is commensurate with the skill exhibited in this Genro group.  

 

 

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This sword is in exceptional condition.  The blade has no nicks and no pitting.  The tsuka and fittings are in excellent condition.  The fine sharkskin saya has only occasional lacquer chips.  

Specific Name Specific Value
Period World War II
Country Japan
Item Naval Officer Katana
Maker Suetsugu SHIGEMITSU

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