Title: Antique Japanese Sword - A Satsuma Motohira School Katana (1700's)Origin: JapanDate/Period: 1700'sDimensions: 27 5/8 Kissaki to Habaki
Satsuma Motohira School Katana. The Motohira Swordsmiths were some of the best makers of Soshu styled swords during the 1700-1800's. They made swords for the elite of Satsuma as well as the lord Shimazu himself. This is a very nice, heavy, well forged long katana. Satsuma blades were of course used during the Satsuma rebellion and thus were well regarded as true combat blades. This one also was carried into combat during WW2 (as noted by the WW2 Koshirae) and brought back by a WW2 Vet who kept it until he passed away. I obtained it from his widow. The blade is in very good condition and in good old polish. I have tried to take pictures so that you can see the quality of the blade, as well as a close up of the hamon so you can see the activity as one would expect from a Motohira blade. The blade is extremely sharp with one mekugi hole. It has a beautiful two piece copper habaki and solid brass military style tsuba. The saya and tsuka are in rough shape but the hardware is intact. This is a truly quality katana both in balance and weight. Once you hold it in your hand you will understand why the Satsuma Motohira Smiths are so well regarded. This Katana measures 27 5/8 in Kissaki to Habaki and 35 in overall.
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