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Signed Japanese Katana Samurai Sword

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Signed Japanese Katana Samurai Sword
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Signed Japanese Katana Samurai Sword, in old battle mounts with iron fittings. The 27-1/4'' length blade has a very narrow straight suguha hamon temperline. Tang is original length with a kuri-jiri tip, two mekugi-ana mounting holes, and engraved signature reading ''Bungo ju Fujiwara Yukimitsu''. Blade dates from the Shinto period of sword making, around 1673. Tsuba guard is iron, decorated with Buddhist symbols, and has two shakudo filled holes on either side of the blade opening; the other side is smooth. Tsuka handle is covered in black dyed rayskin and wrapped with old cotton woven material. There are no menuki handle ornaments. Fuchi/kashira fittings of the handle are dark rough textured iron, as are the fittings at the mouth and end of the scabbard. Scabbard is wood covered in old black paint and is missing the kurikata or loop for the waist cord. Condition is good, the blade showing no active rust or flaws, but needing a polish to see the details of the metal grain and temper. There are numerous small pinprick rust pits, mainly on one side, but nothing serious. The tang has heavy rust on one side, but a nice clear signature of the maker on the other side. Guard shows much age and dark patina with some rust pitting. Handle wrapping has broken near the middle of the handle and is repaired with a bit of electrical tape. There are scuffs and scrapes to the handle wrapping, with a worn smooth surface overall. Handle fittings show much age and a dark patina, with a 40'' overall length from handle end to end of scabbard. Bungo swords are known for their cutting ability with many rated ''Wazimono'' or sharp! They were the choice of many samurai if they had to take one sword into battle. This is a no-nonsense samurai sword made for use. Est.: $1,200-$1,800.(John Ackerman collection)