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A stunning katana signed, niji mei, Nobuhide. Shinogizukure, iroi mune, o-kissaki. Hawatare: 2 shaku 4 sun 6 bu (74.54 cm or 29.35"). Motohaba: 3.29 cm. Sakihaba: 2.3 cm. Kasane: 6.8 mm. Choji midare, crab claw patterns, ashi iri, ko nie, sunagashi, kinsuji, tobiaki, nado. Tight itame, slightly nagare, with small areas of tight mokume here and there. There is fine ji nie and abundant chikei. Excellent tiger stripe shirasaya, niju gold foil habaki, recent Japanese polish. NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon, sayagaki by Tanobe Michihiro. He is rated Chujo saku in Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen by Fujishiro, valued at 3,000,000 yen in Shibata's Toko Taikan, listed in Nihonto Meikan.
He worked in Musashi around Meiji jidai (1868 - 1912). He was the son of Jiro Taro Naokatsu, and the grandson of Taikei Naotane. He died at age 73 in Meiji sanjuhachi nen roku gatsu ni jitsu (June 2, 1905).
Sayagaki by Tanobe Michihiro