Signature: Horii ToshiHide Saku, Showa 16 8th month.
Year Made: 1941
Forging Pattern: Tight Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gunome
Dimensions: Blade Length: 26.2 34", Nakago: 8.5", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 5/16", Sori: 9/16"
Mountings: Shirasaya with one piece silver foil Habaki
Condition: Excellent. Recently restored. He was born in Shiga Prefecture in 1886, ToshiHide was one of the pre-eminent smiths of his time and was also know as KaneAki or HideAki. When the crown prince was born in 1933, he changed his name to ToshiHide, concerned that his name contained the same Aki character as the prince. He is listed as a High to Superior Grade Gendai smith and was awarded a Special Honor Noted Seat in the 1941 Exhibition. Please see 807kat4 for another sword by this smith signed HideAki