If it really is one of Tojos missing nihonto, which it sounds like it could be, then its a travesty not to have any detailed pics that show the blade! Wheres the pics of the hada and hamon, is it signed? Can we see the tang? If this is Tojos then no doubt its a piece high quality. If you didnt want to post pics here I would love it if you could send them to me via email. Kind Regards Adam
Of course I will post pictures of the blade. Once I figure out how to safely remove the handle. Since I’m not a sword expert (or even terribly knowledgeable), my policy is that I don’t touch the sword unless an expert instructs me on what to do. I have not yet taken this sword anywhere to be evaluated. I will post the pictures here once I do.
That is the right approach. You may try contacting the Japanese Sword Society and they could probably do it for you and even more they could authenticate it for you. Checj their website and from there get their contact information http://www.nbthk-ab.org/index.htm. Good luck!
I had the sword examined today at an event hosted by the Boston Token-Kai (a group of Japanese sword enthusiasts) by a renowned sword expert Ogawa Morihiro sensei (Japanese antiquity adviser for the Metropolitan and Boston Museums of fine art). The blade is from the Shinto Seki School, but it is unfortunately unsigned. He attributed the handle (known as a tsukamaki) to a person named Nobuchika.
Tojo’s sword was presented to Dr. Roy Gold, a U.S. Army physician who operated on him after he attempted suicide, after Tojo was hanged. It was given to Dr. Gold as a gift from Tojo’s wife. I know this for a fact, as Dr. Gold’s son is a friend of mine and he told me of this more than 30 years ago. Dr. Gold’s obit: http://www.nytimes.com/1996/04/28/nyregion/isadore-gold-80-army-doctor-who-helped-to-keep-tojo-alive.html
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