(Yasukuni Shrine) Takenori (fss-682)







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This Yasukuni Shrine Katana has the signature of Takenori. Takenori is a signature that was also used by Yasunori 靖憲. Yasunori (Kotani Kenzo 小谷 憲三) was born on January 7, 1909 in Hiroshima. He was a student of the of his uncle Kajiyama Yasunori. In 1935 he became a Yasukuni Shrine swordsmith and was given the name Yasunori. During the next few years, Kotani Yasunori won many awards and was renowned for his skills. Yasunori made many swords for very high level military figures as well as for members of the Imperial family. The name Takenori 武憲 was used when he made blades outside of the Yasukuni Shrine. He passed away on March 1, 2003 at the age of 94 and was the last Yasukuni Shrine swordsmith.

This sword also bears the inscription date of” Showa 17 Nen san Gatsu Kichi Jitsu ( A lucky Day March 1942 )

This Yasukuni shrine sword really packs a wallup. It is a thick Sugu-ha midare with traces of Gunome. There is thick Nie and ji-nie appear. It is a beautiful tightly worked Itame with a Kamakura shape to the blade.

The sword is finished in a beautiful Kesho polish and comes with a shirasaya of Honaki.

The original military mounts are included. This set of Gunto Koshirae has the leather cover used in the field of battle.

  • Mei: Takenori
  • Date: Showa 17 Nen san Gatsu Kichi Jitsu ( A lucky Day March 1942 )
  • Nagasa: 25 1/2 inches
  • Sori: 19.0 mm
  • Width at the ha-machi: 30.6 mm
  • Width at the yokote: 20.0 mm
  • Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.0 mm
  • Construction: Shinogi zukuri
  • Mune: Iori
  • Nakago: Ubu
  • Kitae: Itame/mokume
  • Hamon: Midare Gunome
  • Boshi: Maru
  • Condition: Good polish
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This sword is on consignment.
Special Sale Price
On Hold

Asking price: $6,900.00
Special sale price: $6,000.00

(shipping and insurance included)

Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-682.

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Rob Reily

Takenori katana  paid$6,500   bottom line $4,550

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