This katana is 63.0 cm in length with a 1.4 cm sori curvature and is mounted in its shirasaya sleeping scabbard. It has an abstract dragon horimono carving and ken sword filled in with black urushi lacquer with the reverse side having a large bohi groove. Some swords and pole arms had their horimono carvings and grooves filled in with red urushi lacquer as seen in some Yari and Naginata. This katana has its horimono carvings filled in with black urushi lacquer which is quite unique. The sword smith's signature is two characters "Mune tomo " and was acquired in the Hakata Bay area of mainland Japan. The tempering pattern is a straight suguha hamon . The high quality copper habaki is of the " Koshi-Yujo" style with the file pattern being named "Yujo" after the famous metal worker's name that came up with this pattern and "koshi" meaning the lower part. This Nihonto blade is in excellent polish and is very well balanced and proportioned. However, it does not possess any Provenance or contestation papers or certificates from governing and authenticating organizations for the preservation of Japanese Swords such as NBTHK. It does have a current and valid sword registration/ license. It is available for delivery to Kadena, Foster, and Courtney bases and surrounding areas. I am happy to explain the care, preservation, and maintenance for this blade if you are new to Nihonto, which are traditionally forged Japanese blades. I can provide you a free " maintenance starter kit" for its care and preservation. Please contact me if you are interested in viewing or acquiring this blade. Cheers, John
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