Stop wasting your money on fake replica swords. This is the real deal... An approximately 100 year old blade that was meant for use, not just for decoration. Zombie apocalypse anyone?
This is a nice long, healthy Gendaito Katana of almost 28". The hada is well forged ko-itame. The hamon is a very active midare in nioi deki. The midare hamon continues into the boshi, which is known as Midare Kome. There are sunigashi, nie sake, nioi kozure and many yo within the hamon. The polish is very good with only a few minor scuffs and light surface scratches. There are several tiny "nail dragger" chips along the edge. No flaws and nothing detrimental in the condition of the sword.
The Koshirae features a black lacquer saya in very good condition. The tsuka is done in white silk ito under which lie two large black dragon menuki. The fuchi / kashira are a simple iron with a nice brown patina. The fuchi is plain, while the Kashira has a single row of small sakura or cherry blossoms inlaid in silver. The iron Tsuba depicts two dragons on the front and the flaming jewel and clouds on the back.
A sturdy and solid Gendaito in very good polish:
SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI
NAGASA: 69.37cm (27.75")
OVERALL: 91.25cm (36.5")
MIHABA: 3.125cm (1.25")
KASANE: 0.78cm (0.3125")
SORI: 1.56cm (0.625")
MEKUGI ANA: ONE
HADA: TIGHT KO-ITAME
BOSHI: MIDARE KOME
HABAKI: ONE PIECE SHAKUDO
Asking price is $4,600 (shipped and insured) or best REASONABLE
offer. Please contact me via email for any questions: nineSmmpaTrabellum at yahoo dot com (please remove the "S" and "T" from the address)