Mei: Kuniyasu
Nengo: None
Jidai: Edo
Habaki: Wood
Nagasa: 68.3cm
Moto-haba: 3.1cm
Kasane: 6mm
Sugata: shinogi zukuri katana
Jitetsu: ko-itame
Hamon: Notare
Nakago: ubu
Mekugi: 1
Boshi: ko-maru
Kanteisho: None

This is a beautifully made and traditional gendaito by Kuniyasu. He was a rikugun jumei toshi smith and was of the mon of Yoshihara Kuniie and Kato Sadakuni. Kuniyasu won a nyusen award during the war-era Rikugun Gunto Gijutsushoureki Kai.

This sword has a very nice jigane and a notare hamon in ko-nie. It is an unusually long sword for a gendai at 68.3cm.

There is also a gunto koshirae in fantastic condition. This is a typical type 95 gunto koshirae with a leather covered saya.

SKU: KATANA0022-10-10-1 Category:


Gendaito are traditionally made modern Japanese swords forged from swordsmiths working after the Meiji period. Some references categorize gendaito as swords made after the end of the Meiji, including only the Taisho, Showa, Heisei and Reiwa eras. Those swords categorized as gendaito were made using fully-traditional methods, including a heat treatment in water, rather than oil, and using tamahagane (traditional Japanese iron) as the base material for their work. Tamahagane is made from satetsu (iron sand) and put through a smelting process in an tatara (clay furnace) for up to 72 hours to produce a quality iron for the forging process.

Those swordsmiths who were approved to forge gendaito during WWII were designated Rikugen Jumei Tosho. While for many years Showa period blades were overlooked, a number of exhibitions such as the first showing of Yasukuni-to, demonstrated the high level of craftsmanship exhibited in these swords. Some are extraordinarily impressive examples modelled on classical works (koto utushimono of smiths such as the Bizen Nagamitsu and the Ichimonji school). The schools of Miyairi Akihira, Gassan Sadakazu, Kasama Ikkansai Shigetsugu and others are especially famed for their quality of work and produced swords that are regarded today as exemplary examples that can be compared favorably with the swords of earlier time periods.

Inoue Katsukiyo was one of the top smiths working during the Showa period.  This Inoue Katsukiyo katana is a good example of a high quality gendaito made using traditional methods by one of the most skillful smiths of the time period.