WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Gendaito Shin
Gunto with Knot, Sold
In good condition, a WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shinshinto /
Gendaito Bohi Bladed Shin Gunto with Knot.
A special / quality bohi (grooved) blade. More accurately "shinshinto"
than "Gendaito" as the blade clearly predates the gunto
courtesy of the menuki holes made for an earlier sword. But yes,
the blade is traditionally made (tamehagane or oroshigane folded
steel, water tempered). It has been field sharpened one side (we
are sure this was done period, during WW2 by the officer). The fact
it has its original sword knot indicates this gunto was taken from
the Japanese officer; it is not a mass end of war surrender item
which the Japanese removed their sword knots from before surrendering,
to maintain some honour). It is a UK (Royal Naval Flying Officer)
veteran bring back.
The 27 1/4 inch nagasa (cutting edge section) blade is in good
condition, excellent straight hamon, but has field sharpening marks
and a tiny tip damage (bending), but very tiny. The tsuka and fittings
(rayskin, ito / braid / bindings, tsuba, seppa, menuki, etc.) are
all aged but good. The sword knot has lost its finales. The saya
/ scabbard is good, the sword sheathes and draws well, and the locking
pin mechanism works well.
To have an officer taken gunto with earlier bohi blade is rare
thing indeed, especially at our price of only £? (too late,
now sold). Please quote item reference AE22 (0693). Further / full
sized images available upon request.