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An impressive gendai tachi signed, Zuisenshi Nobuhide Saku. (Horii Nobuhide). Shinogizukure, iroi mune, chu kissaki, toriizori. Hawatare: 2 shaku 5 sun 5 bu 5.75 rin (77.5 cm / 30.51"). Motohaba: 3.465 cm. Sakihaba: 2.4 cm. Kasane: 7.85 mm. Hiroi choji midare in niodeki, saka choji, o-gunome, bright habuchi, ashiiri, yo, sunagashi, nado. Boshi is komaru with a medium kaeri. Tight itame with midare utsure. In polish, mounted in shirasaya with solid silver habaki contemporary with the blade. This has not ben to shinsa, but workmanship speaks for itself. Ref. The Oshigata Book of Modern Japanese Swordsmiths page 131. Valued at 2,000,000 yen in Toko Taikan by Tokuno. Nihonto Meikan lists him with a double square a rarity , and very important.
He was the son of the 3rd generation, Horii Toshihide, who taught him his craft. He is an Osaka smith with dated works from Meiji 40 (1907) to Showa 12 (1935). In the 1941 exhibition, he took second seat. $6,500
Zuisenshi Nobuhide Saku.
Nihonto Meikan (Note double square)
The Oshigata Book of Modern Japanese Swordsmiths