WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto, Kawajima
With a still very clear / strong hamon, a WW2 Japanese army officer's
shin gunto, signed Kawajima Yoshikane.
In overall very good condition, the blade with some pitting / forging
flaws and a few very small (less than 0.5mm) tell-tale nicks to
the forward cutting edge of the blade, the scabbard throat decoration
(koiguchi) gone, this shin gunto has clear signs of period use but
remains one with exceptionally good hamon remaining.
The 65cm blade (excludes habaki) is still bright and generally
very good, the hilt also very good. The steel scabbard with some
wear and the inevitable field leather cover now gone, but still
good. The sword sheathes and draws very well. The blade is signed
"Noshu Seki Kawajima Yoshikane saku" with a post-1926,
pre-1942 "Sho" or "Showa" stamp means this blade
was produced before or during the height of World War Two, and as
such probably did see some action.
A very good price and investment. Further / full sized images upon
request. Our item reference number is D36 (728).