Katana "Hizen Kuni Masatsugu"
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Type - Katana

Certificate - NTHK (June 2015)

Period – Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989)

Province - Hizen

Master - Hizen no Kuni Masatsugu” (肥前国正次)

Mei:

1 side - “Hizen  Kuni Masatsugu saku kore” (肥前国正次作之) 

2 side - 昭和38年2月吉日 (February 1963) 

Full length in the mounting (Shirasaya) – 96.1cm

Full length of the strip – 84.9cm

Nagasa – 64.1cm

Motohaba – 3.1cm

Sakihaba – 2.1cm

Motokasane – 0.7cm

Sakikasane – 0.5cm

Sori – 1.6cm

Info:

This Gendaito is made by Taguchi Kiichi. It is signed as "Hizen Kuni Masatsugu" and made in 昭和38年2月吉日 (February 1963) . Masatsugu was born in July, 1904 and learned swordmaking from his father, Taguchi Ichitaro. He also studied under Kurihara Akihide and won many awards including the Gold Metal at the 5th Nihonto Denrankai. He worked as a Rikugun Jumei Tosho from 1941 to 1945. He is listed in Gendai Toko Meikan, pp.145 and John slough's book, pp.106-107. He was rated as the 1 million yen smith at Toko Taikan.