A very good gendaito by Masayasu in a shirasaya. This blade is very nice with lots of Soshu activity. The temperline is nie-deki suguha ko-midare. A beautiful hada of ko-itame and masame running through it with lots of ji-nie. There is chikei that runs nearly the length of the blade. The blade is in full polish with a few light small scuffs and with a very small chip off the tip (1mm or less). Boshi is kaen (ends in a flame-shape) with some fine brushing. This smith worked in Aichi and is written up in John Slough's book, "Modern Japanese Swordsmiths 1868-1945," p. 108. Respected Smith Mano Masayasu (4th seat 1941 Exhibitiion). This is a very high quality gendaito. Signature guaranteed to pass NBTHK Hozon if sent through us.