WW2 Japanese Shin Gunto Signed Mantetsu Dated
Spring 1943, sold
One of the famous Mantetsu made shin guntos in very good order.
A One of the highest quality blades made during WW2 by the Dairen
company. These blades are renowned for their cutting abilities.
This is an original Mantetsu (not simply one made with the company's
highest quality steel) denoted by the ra number on the spine (in
this case 330), the dairen stamp, the original style signature "Mantetsu
Kitau Tsukuru Kore", and the old style form of dating "Showa
Mizunoto Hitsuji Haru" (Spring 1943).
The 67 cm blade (excludes habaki) is in very good order, some spots
and marks, but well above average. Everything firm and as it should
be with the possible exception of the spring catch which does not
hold the saya / scabbard well. The tang has the all important dairen
stamp and ra number on the spine. Straight hamon with nioi.
I saw a similar sword sell on (buyer beware) eBay recently for
$3552 USD, so my price of £xxx (approximately $yyy) is well
under the market price. Further / full sized images upon request.
My item reference number is 931 (405).