This is a very fine quality yasakuni sword made by one of the instructors of the Yasakuni shrine. Ikeda Yasumitsu, joined the NTK at its founding and left in Showa 15 (1940). He passed away in Showa 16 (1941). He made many fine blades and this is a great example of his work. This sword resembles the old koto era swords that were very desirable and the Yasakuni smiths made swords in this style. This sword has a well forged hada and a elegant hamon with good hataraki. The mounts are military and in very good shape.The swordsmith, Ikeda Yasumitsu, joined the NTK at its founding and left in Showa 15 (1940). He passed away in Showa 16 (1941).IKEDA YASUMITSU
(BORN 2ND NOVEMBER 1879, DIED JANUARY 1941). Given name: Shuji.
Originally from Yamagata Prefecture.
Became a member of Nihonto Tanren Foundation as well as Sakite, Abe Shigeo and Murakami Ensaku.
Given the Yasukuni smith name “ Yasumitsu “ by the war minister, Araki Sadeo on 15th of December 1933.
Retired on 4th of October 1939. He was still in a position of leadership and made a small number of swords after his retirement.
Left the foundation and went back to his hometown at the end of 1945.
Number of swords produced at Nihonto Tanren Kai: Approx. 1,100 swords.
Donated a sword to the Yasukuni Shrine in 1933.
Made a sword for Prince Mikasa in the occasion of his coming-of-age celebration in 1934.
Donated a sword to the festival of the 700th anniversary of the retired- Emperor Gotoba in March 1939.
Had made uncertain number of onkashi-to
Suishinshi Masahide_Ikeda Ishu(Nyudo)Ryuken_Ikeda Kazumitsu (or Ikko)
_10thIkeda Kazumitsu (Yasumitsu)
The smith name of “ Katzumitsu “(or IKKO) has been succeeded for generations since the second generation and they also signed “ Unshu Shonai Ju Ikeda Kazumitsu Saku “
Note: This sword was sold many years ago and these were the original pictures when listed for sale. When the new owner purchased the sword he had it polished and a new shirasaya was made for it along with a tsunagi for the mounts. This sword is in great condition and has been fully restored professionally and is ready for sale. It needs nothing to be done to it. New pictures will be added in the future if its not sold first.
This is a link to information about the Yasakuni shrine. It has a long and extensive history and is a place that that the Japanese people visit regularly. YASAKUNI SHRINE
- Mei: Yasumitsu
- Date: Showa ju san nen go hate ni (1938 lucky day in may)
- Nagasa: 26-1/4 inches
- Sori: 15.0 mm
- Width at the ha-machi: 29.5 mm
- Width at the yokote: 17.8 mm
- Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.3 mm
- Construction: Shinogi zukuri
- Mune: Iori
- Nakago: Ubu
- Kitae: Itame
- Hamon: Suguba
- Boshi: Maru
- Condition: Full polish (picture shows the blade before its polish)
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NOTE: This picture was taken years before the sword was fully polished. The condition of this sword is now excellent and a has a new shirasaya also. New pictures will be place on the this page in the near future. Please have confidence in the condition of this sword if your interested in it.
Asking price: $6,740.00
(shipping and insurance included)
Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-852.
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