WW2 Japanese Army Officer's unsigned Gendaito
Shin Gunto (sold)
A very high quality Gendaito bladed shin gunto (unsigned, unstamped),
taken from a WW2 Imperial Japanese army officer, not from a surrender
You can see and feel the quality with this Gendaito shin gunto.
From the superb unsigned blade, to the full set of seppa, to the
leather over heavy steel scabbard, this oozes a well made sword.
The big bonus of course being the original sword knot / tassel,
which shows this shin gunto was taken off an Imperial Japanese army
officer (as they removed the knots / tassels when they surrendered
swords at a surrender "ceremony"). There is a nick to
the cutting edge near to the point but for Imperial Japanese militaria
collectors this is no bad thing, as it implies use, as Japanese
officers were prone. The nick is not fatal and falls well within
the superb dynamic hamon.
The 26 1/2 inch blade has some areas of blackening / patina but
is still highly impressive; a professional polish (happy to help
put the buyer in touch with a professional polisher in the UK) would
enhance the appearance and value of the blade for sure. The gunome
midare hamon clearly with nioi (giving a distinct white lining to
the temper line), a trademark of the Minho style Seki smiths who
produced traditionally made Gendaito blades. A well above average
piece. Further / full sized images upon request. Item reference
number is 995 (425).