A real Japanese Minatogawa Shrine Sword Jinja Masataka with Kikusui mon Vice Admiral Chūichi Nagumo


With much pride i present to you .

Very rare Japanese katana sword !

Katana in shirasaya.  Signed tachi mei: “Minatogawa Jinja Masataka” with Kikusui mon,

and on the reverse: “April 1942, Vice Admiral Nagumo.”

In good polish, minor surface scratches.  Guaranteed against hagire. 

The blade is signed “Minatogawa Jinja Masataka with Kikusui mon 湊川神社正孝”,

dated “Showa Juroku-nen Jugatsu hi ( April. 1942) 昭和十六年十月日”, 

shinogi-zukuri shape, WWll time period made blade.    

Masataka`s real name is Moriwaki Kaname, was born in Dec.,1911 in Tottori prefecture,

study under Kajiyama Yasunori, Ikeda Yasumitsu at

The Yasukuni Nihonto Tanrenkai, in 1940 he received an appointment as a head instructor,

 for the Kikusui Tanrenkai located on the ground of Minatogawa shrine,

made swords during WWll time and after the war as a Gendai smith, listed in John Slough’s book page 104, 105 and rated 1.2 Million yen.       

The blade is traditional hand forged, in old full polish, no rust, no stain and in very good condition.       

The temper line is attractive gunome-choji with kinsuji active temper pattern and has deep temper at the point.       

There is no bend, no nick, no crack and cutting edge is sharp.       

Nagasa: 66.3 cm.   Sori: 1.5 cm.

Moto-haba: 3.1 cm.  Saki-haba: 2.1 cm. 

Moto-gasane: 0.7 cm.  Saki-gasane: 0.4 cm.

Vice Admiral Chūichi Nagumo

Born March 25, 1887 Died July 6, 1944 (aged 57) Place of birth Yonezawa, Yamagata Japan 

Place of deathSaipan, Northern Mariana IslandsAllegiance 

Empire of JapanService/branch Imperial Japanese Navy

Years of service1908-1944RankAdmiral UnitKido Butai 

Commands heldAkiHatsuyukiKirishimaSugiKisaragiMomiNakaTakaoYamashiro
11th Destroyer Division, 8th Cruiser Division, 3rd Cruiser Division, Kido Butai, 1st Carrier Division, 

First Air FleetIJN 3rd FleetSasebo Naval DistrictKure Naval DistrictFirst Fleet

Central Pacific Area FleetFourteenth Air FleetBattles/wars World war II.
Attack on Pearl Harbor
Bombing of Darwin
Indian Ocean Raid
Battle of Midway
Battle of the Eastern Solomons
Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands Awards Order of the Rising Sun (3rd class) 
Order of the Rising Sun (4th class) 
Order of the Golden Kite(3rd class) 
Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure (1st class)