Ryujin Swords

Star stamped Gendaito by Yoshitada

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Period: Showa.

Mei: Hizen no Kuni Yoshitada Saku Kore, with star stamp. Dated August 1943.

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

Overall length: 36.97 inches (939.00 mm).

Nagasa: 24.61 inches (625.00 cm) long.

Nakago: Ubu, 12.36 inches (314.00 mm), one mekugi-ana. The yasurime are kiri, and the nakago-jiri is ha-agari kurijiri.

Kissaki: Chu-kissaki, 1.75 inches (44.50 mm). The boshi is .

Moto-haba: 1.24 inches (31.40 mm). Moto-gasane: 0.31 inches (7.80 mm). Saki-haba: 0.95 inches (24.10 mm). Saki-gasane: 0.25 inches (6.40 mm).

Sori: 0.59 inches (15.10 mm).

Hamon: Suguha.

Hada: Indistinct, due to the lack of polish.

Blade condition:

It hasn't been touched since the end of World War 2. It herefore needs attention due to chips, scratches, and surface pitting, but this will all polish out. Otherwise, no flaws, ware, hagirae or bends.


In Type 3 koshirae; see pictures.


Yoshitada was born Kinoshita Koichi, the eldest son of Katsutaro. He was taught swordsmithing by a descendant of the Hizen Tadayoshi school. In 1935 he made a sword for for the six hundred anniversary of the Saga Ku Sunoki Shrine and from 1940 he submitted swords every year to the sword festival. In 1941 he won first seat. In 1942 Kurihara Hikosaburo reported the ranking of about 400 gunto toshos at Tosho Banzuke; Yoshitada was mentioned as chu saku. Yoshitada became an Rikugun Jumei Tosho, and went on to assist Prof. Tenaguchi study the Japanese sword at Kyushu Imperial University. In 1953 Yoshitada made a sacred sword for the Ise Imperial shrine He died in 1957, aged 66.

It isn't common to find a gendaito in Type 3 koshirae.