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WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto with knot (sold)

In very good condition, an Imperial Japanese army officer's shin gunto complete with tassel / knot, blade signed Ido Hidetoshi.

WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto with knotimage 949 1

Sold Item Notice

The saya (scabbard) is a replacement (the original leather had perished, so I had it replaced), the rest is 100% period and authentic. Getting a shin gunto with a tassel / knot is very good because this means the sword was taken off an individual Japanese officer, not at some surrender ceremony, not from a warehouse of surrendered weapons. This is because Japanese officers removed the sword knots before surrendering if they could. I have not aged the leather saya (the wooden base is original / authentic); I have left that decision to the next owner.

image 949 2

The hamon appears to have nioi, a cloudy white line border indicating the blade in gendaito, though the tang has a Showa stamp, so this diminishes the chances. However, there were several levels between traditional made Gendaito and machine made stainless steel blades, so this clearly is a rung above the rest at worst. The 25 3/4 inch blade is in good order, but slightly aged with some small patina patches, and a tiny nick to the cutting edge (not fatal). The rayskin under the hilt bindings is dry and has shrunk a little, not too much. The menuki peg is deterioration but they are very easy to replace with the tip of an artist's paint brush; I have not replaced it only because many people want as much of the original as possible. The blade mei reads "Noshu Ju Ido Hidetoshi Saku Kore".

image 949 Noshu ju ido hidetoshi saku kore

A very good sword bearing in mind the signature and knot / tassel provenance, well worth the price. Further / full sized images upon request. My item reference number is 949.






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