WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Civilian Katana
for Military Use, Sold
In overall good condition (some nicks and tip damage / loss),
a WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Civilian Katana for Military Use.
Some Japanese army officers bought so called "civilian"
katanas early on in the war but with military saya / scabbards;
this is one such katana and the tsuba is a well known example for
these. It has a post-1926 / pre-1942 Showa stamp, so the blade is
The 26 inch nagasa (cutting edge section) blade is in overall condition
but has lost the very tip, has some small nicks and a couple of
scuffs; all reported to us as period. The sword generally is good,
though some of the ito near the kabuto-gane / pommel one side is
coming adrift. Saya / scabbard mostly good but kurikata (knob) gone.
The sword sheathes and draws well.
A superb sword, yours for £? (too late, now sold). Please
quote item reference AE13 (0672). Further / full sized images available