Ryujin Swords

Katana by Houki no kuni ju Nobuhide

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Period: Gendai

Mei: Houki no kuni ju Nobuhide. The inscription on the reverse is Heisei 17 nen gatsu (26 November 2005).

Sugata: Hira-zukuri, tori-zori, iori-mune.

Overall length: 41.73 inches (1060 mm).

Nagasa: 30 inches (761.00 mm) long.

Nakago: 11.77 inches (299.00 mm) Ubu, one mekugi-ana.Yasurime are katte sagari with kesho. The nakago-jiri is kurijiri.

Kissaki: The sword doesn't have a yokote. If it did, it would be chu-kissaki. The boshi is kaen with a deep turnback.

Moto-haba: 1.35 inches (34.40 mm). Moto-gasane: 0.28 inches (7.00 mm). Saki-haba: 1.06 inches (27.00 mm). Saki-gasane: 0.20 inches (5.00 mm).

Sori: 0.87 inches (22.00 mm).

Hamon: Mixture of Niedeki gunome midare and small gunome midare.

Hada: Small itame with ji-nie.

Blade condition:



In koshirae suitable for iai. Silver one piece habaki, suede tsukagawa, commercial dragonfly menuki and fuch-kashira, and heavy duty steel tsuba. See pictures.


Comes with appraisal from Aoi Art (see bottom).

Nobuhide was born Maeda Hideshi in 1928 and lives in Hino province in Tottori prefecture. He was taught swordsmithing by his father, Yoshiteru (Kitaro Maeda) who had in turn been taught by Tadayoshi Kawashima.

Nobuhide’s swords are highly regarded among practitioners of iaido and battojutsu. In 1998, in Osaka, Mitsuhiro Saruta of Ryuseiken used a Nobuhide sword to set the initial Guinness record for tameshigiri by performing 1000 cuts (senbongiri) in 1 hour and 36 minutes. This particular sword would make mincemeat of any tameshigiri target.

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