WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto, Edo
period blade, sold
Signed "Hoki No kami Fujiwara Nobutaka", a highly ranked
Edo period swordsmith, this WW2 Japanese army officer's shin guntos
is in good order.
Let us talk about the blade, actually the swordsmith who made it.
There were 5 generations of Fujiwara Nobutaka that signed their
work "Hoki No kami Fujiwara Nobutaka"; see
here. Four of the five are rated Chu-jo saku (4th highest ranking)
or above; one is rated Jo-jo saku (2nd highest ranking). We do not
know which Fujiwara Nobutaka made the blade for this sword, but
it is simply a matter of how much a huge bargain someone is going
Having built this blade up, let us share some realities. The cutting
edge of the blade has seen some action; action against what (WW2
or later), we can not tell; there are a series of nicks to the forward
to mid cutting edge; the nicks are not deep, they impose no more
than about 1/4 of the hamon. The hamon is very, very feint; we can
see it turning the blade to a certain angle to natural light, but
can not photo it (one of the photos we have has some hamon showing);
but the hamon is very active Saka-gunome ha or Sugu-gunome ha, and
the blade has strong hada (grain). It could really do with a good
polish, and deserves it.
The 26 1/2 inch blade is very sound and clearly well made. The
sword fittings overall are aged and worn; the tsuka (handle) is
in good condition. The field leather saya / scabbard is sound but
worn and aged.
Further / full sized images upon request. Please quote item reference
number is C87 (685).