WW2 Japanese Officer's Shin Gunto, earlier
Bizen blade, sold
In good condition, a WW2 Japanese army officer's shin gunto katana
with earlier Bizen, possibly O-Suriage School Muromachi period unsigned
This may the bargain of a lifetime if, as we have good reason to
believe, the blade in this WW2 shin gunto is O-Suriage School Muromachi
period (1392-1573 : just see how much these sell for in an Internet
search); a number of collectors / experts have cast their eyes over
full sized photos.............
The nakago (tang) has been shortened. Unfortunately, due to where
the signature was placed (part of the rationale for it being O-Suriage
School Muromachi period), the critical characters identifying the
blade maker are gone. What there is of the mei reads just "Bizen
kuni ju" (with the top of the next character still visible).
The 25 3/4 inch cutting edge (excludes habaki) blade is in good
order, though in need of a professional polish, to be sure. The
shin gunto fittings are in good enough order, the saya (scabbard)
is very heavy, the rayskin has gone, and the release catch mechanism
and button are missing.
Still, a very good sword for the money and with the prospect of
a valuable blade as well! Further / full sized images available
upon request. Please quote item reference number F13 - Box 875-1m