JAPANESE CIVILIAN SAMURAI SWORD BY KURIYAMA KENJIRO MADE IN THE WW2 PERIOD

  • JAPANESE CIVILIAN SAMURAI SWORD BY KURIYAMA KENJIRO MADE IN THE WW2 PERIOD EW679

    JAPANESE CIVILIAN SAMURAI SWORD BY KURIYAMA KENJIRO MADE IN THE WW2 PERIOD

     

    Item Description.

    This sword has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tag. A copy of his hand written notes which includes a sketch of the tang and blade characteristics accompany the blade. In extracts from his notes he states " Civilian Katana, this blade was made circa 1943-1944, the two mounting holes would indicate it was made for 1944 pattern military mounts. It has a  Cherry Blossom stamp which means it was made post 1940 and also means that it is not a Tamhagene Gendao.

    This blade is of a very good quality and has been made by a real swordsmith. It is signed Sukosai Kane Aki Tsukuru-No, real name Kuriyama Kenjiro born 1888. He was a student of Watanabe Kanenaga and other good teachers. He died in 1966. He is mentioned in a few books and listed as a Rikugunjumei Tosho or Army approved swordsmith. He is also listed as a Jokonoretsu (Master) by Akihide who trained over 200 smiths. He was placed in 2nd seat in a National Sword Making Competition in 1941, He also won a gold medal in another competition. I think this blade is a Mill Sttel Gendaito, using scrap iron mixed with Tamahagane (Japanese sand iron) then forged and folded undergoing the Yaki Ire process then water tempered to produce a high quality blade (by 1943/44 It was hard to get supplies of Tamahagane for sword making), There is a very good section on the different methods used in sword making in Fuller & Gregory's book on Japanese swords (the last one that was published). The blade is in very good polish and well balanced.

    The civilian mounts are modern Japanese made for martial arts, I used to sell them in the eighties to martial arts enthusiasts, This particular level of mounts were expensive, at the time they were about GBP 500 ($AUD 1000) for the leather wrapped Tsuka examples. A perfect sword for a Iado Man with a quality real blade and good mounts.

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    $1,950.00