WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto, Kojima
An Imperial Japanese WW2 army officer's shin gunto with the blade
by famed Gendaito smith Kojima Katsumasa in excellent condition.
The best original condition untouched blade in a WW2 shin gunto
I have ever seen. The blade by a famous Gendaito swordsmith, signed
Seki No Ju Kojima Katsumasa Saku" (Seki smith Kojima Katsumasa
made this); please note, some people refer to this same mei (signature)
/ smith as Koshima
Katsumasa, often in relation to his training of other Gendaito
smiths. Katsumasa's real name was Kojima Taro, born in 1907 in Seki
city, Gifu prefectuer.
The 26 1/2 inch full katana length blade (cutting edge excluding
habaki) is in exceptionally good condition, virtually mint, with
strong hamon and tight itame-hada forging grain and no forging flaws
The tsuka (handle / hilt) is in very good condition, a little shrinkage
of the rayskin as is to be expected (the sword clearly has been
kept in a very dry environment for the blade to be so good). The
leather saya in good but worn order; the little leather with popper
retaining strap is still present and clicks nicely onto the saya
/ scabbard. You will not find a shin gunto with a better original
polish blade in our opinion. Further / full sized images upon request.
Please quote item reference number is C95 (690).