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A Tachi signed Bish Osafune Kanemitsu and dated Enbun ni nen hachi gatsu hi. It was designated Jy Bijts on December 24th 1937, and was 3 shaku 4 sun  . A Tachi signed Bish Osafune Kanemitsu and dated Enbun ni nen hachi gatsu hi. It was designated Jy Bijts on December 24th 1937, and was 3 shaku 4 sun 3 bu long. The JB set number is 666, and the Yamanaka number is 4. This was another submitted by Uesugi Yoshiaki to the Yonezawa police. There is no known photograph or shigata of this blade at this time.

Back in November I had mentioned the missing Jy Bunkasai tachi by Kanemitsu. The book Shwa Dai-Meito Zufu by Homma - Kunzan reports that it was returned to Japan by a friendly American (possibly by Dr. Compton). The information I had given was Tachi signed Bish Osafune Kanemitsu and dated Enbun ni nen hachi gatsu hi. It was designated Jy Bijts on December 24th 1937, and was 3 shaku 4 sun 3 bu long. The JB set number is 666, and the Yamanaka number is 4. This was another submitted by Uesugi Yoshiaki to the Yonezawa police. But Showa Dai-Meito Zufu describes this tachi sword as 3 shaku 7 bu / 93 cm. long, and dated Enbun yo-nen jni gatsu. It is sword number 230 in that set. The mis-information given was at least partially due to it apparently being the only formerly missing Jy Bukasai blade without a photograph. And considering the erroneous information that had been available it was extremely fortunate that it was recovered.

In Shwa Dai-Meito Zufu Kunzan states This is one of the three n-dachi, signed and dated, of Kanemitsu included among the thirty-five blades that had been long handed down in the Uesugi family, descendant of the reknown Uesugi Kenshin. It is true with the three long Kanemitsu examples that they were all made perfectely without any defects in both ji and ha, which testifies to the exceptional talent Kanemitsu is accorded in swordmaking. It is one of the blades confiscated by Occupational Forces and taken to the USA after the last war; fortunately it was returned to Japan by a friendly American citizen.

The JB set number is 666
 

 
The formerly missing Jy Bunkasai tachi by Bizen Kanemitsu
(Reproduced from Shwa Dai-Meito Zufu by the NBTHK)