Estimate: $4,500 - $6,500
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A good quality Japanese katana sword by Hokke Saburo Nobufusa (1909-2000), overall L.101mm. Nobufusa was arguably one of the top 30 sword smiths during WWII when this katana was made, as indicated by his ranking of 2.5 million yen. He was awarded Mukansa level status in 1981, one of the highest ranks for sword smiths. He was the 8th generation of sword smiths in his family. This katana was made in the Hosho School style that he is known for and comes in WWII mountings of good quality.