Mid 1930's Imperial Japanese Army Officer's
Shin Gunto Katana, sold
Mid-1930's WW2 Imperial Japanese army officer's shin gunto katana,
signed Ikeda Kanetsuna, clear gendaito attributes.
A good pre-WW2 (no doubt saw service during WW2 as well), Imperial
Japanese army officer's shin gunto. The private purchase tsuba is
one that predates the regulation WW2, so circa 1935. Signed simply
Ikeda Kanetsuna (made this), Kanetsuna is a known Showa period blade
maker. One the obverse side of the tang are hand written (ink) characters;
this maybe the owner's name as there is no acceptance stamp so the
blade was a private purchase. The blade has distinct gendaito attributes
as can be seen in the photos, though Ikeda Kanetsuna is mostly known
for war time mass produced oil tempered blades; if this is an oil
tempered blade, it certainly is one of his best.
The 26 inch blade (including habaki) is in overall very good condition
with no nicks, but a few marks here and there. The securing strap
is still in place but the retaining popper on the saya has gone,
but overall a good say (scabbard) to compliment a very nice sword.
Sheathes and draws well. A well above average katana. Further /
full sized pictures available upon request. The item reference number
is A30 (431)