Taguchi Masatsugu gendaito
Mei: Hizen (no) Kuni Masatsugu Kitaeru No
Nengo: Showa Ju Kyu Nen Roku Gatsu Kichi Jitsu
Habaki: 1-piece gold wash
Sugata: shinogi zukuri katana
Hamon: Ko-Choji Midare
This sword was made by Taguchi Masatsugu (Taguchi Kiichi) a well known smith from Hizen. Masatsugu was born in July, 1904 and was a student of Kurihara Akihide. He was a RJT smith (Rikugun Jumei Tosho) from 1941 to 1945. Masatsugu is rated as the 1 million yen smith at Toko Taikan and appears in the Gendai Toko Meikan on page 145. I have also attached a scan of the write-up from John Slough’s gendai reference.
This is a fabulous gendaito. The hamon is an extremely active ko-choji with much hataraki. The sugata is very nice with a longer nagasa than average for this time period and an extended kissaki. The nakago is in excellent condition and is beautifully signed and dated.