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Under the heading of no good deed goes unpunished, this sword was put on hold for a customer, who was going to buy himself a Christmas present. Okay, a few months delay, but I could live with that. Came December, frigid weather, colder than my ex-wife's heart, and the buyer sited some unexpected medical bills, and asked if I could hold it for him until September. Okay, I have been there, so even though I had places for the expected funds, I said that I would. October rolled around -- a full ten months later, and having not heard anything, I emailed asking if he was ready to finalize the purchase. Now it seems that he will not be buying any swords at least for the next year. Maybe, just maybe and perhaps, notifying me might have been in order. So after having well over 4,800 visits to the site, perhaps by a buyer or two, I have to put this back on the market, at a reduced price. So please, do not ask me to hold it you unless you are going to put money down on it.
A Kajiyama Yasunori tachi done in Bizen style. Signed niji mei, Yasunori, dated, Showa Kyu Nen Kyu Gatsu Kichi Jitsu (an auspicious day in September 1934). Hawatare: 2 shaku 1 sun 8 bu 7.9 rin. (66.3 cm / 26.1"). Motohaba: 2.9 cm. Sakihaba: 1.84 cm. Kasane: 5.9 mm. Shinogizukure, iroi mune, chu kissaki. Nioi deki gunome and hako gunome, in a chu suguba komidare, deep ashi iri. Mounted in new shirasaya with original military habaki. The jigane is a tight itame. Pictured in Slough's Modern Japanese Swordsmiths 1868 - 1945, which lists his work as high grade to superior gendaito; pictured in Shinshinto Taikan; valued at 1, 500,000 yen in Tokuno's Toko Taikan; Nihonto Meikan page 1686; Nihonto Taikan; Nihonto Zenshu; and others.
Kajiyama Yasunori (1881 - 1957) studied under his father, the shodai Kajiyama Ujimasa, and initially signed as the nidai Ujimasa. He also studied under Yokoyama Sukeyoshi. In July 1933 he received the appointment as master swordsmith for the Nihonto Tanren Kai, and was given the Tosho name Yasunori.
Mounted in new shirasaya, the blade is clean, but should be repolished. $7,250
Modern Japanese Swordsmiths 1868 - 1945