WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Gendaito Shin
In good condition, a WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Gendaito Shin
Gunto Niwa Kanehisa.
Signed Niwa Kanehisa (real name Niwa Kihachi), a Rikugun Jumei
Tosho certified gendaito swordsmith, born 6th December 1908, died
1st January 1989, younger brother of Murayama Kanetoshi. A silver
mon to the kabuto-gane (pommel). Niwa Kanehisa was not a prolific
WW2 swordsmith by any means and his blades are rare.
The 24 3/8 inch nagasa (cutting edge section) blade is in very good
condition, good original polish, some scuffing to shinogi (blade
ridge), some scratches, absolutely no ware or flaws. The tsuka is
a little loose on the blade (it could use another seppa / washer
to bring it flush into line with the mekugi-ana closest to the tsuba).
Overall the fittings are good with the added bonus of a family mon
and strap which both indicate this gunto was taken off the Japanese
officer (that it is not a mass surrender item). The locking pin
works but does not hold because the thin saya / scabbard metal strip
A very well made blade in a great gunto. Nice investment: £?
(too late, now sold). Please quote item reference AE18 (0676). Further
/ full sized images available upon request.