WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto Katana,
In very good condition with original polish in reasonable enough
condition, a WW2 Imperial Japanese army officer's shin gunto katana,
signed by high ranking blade maker, Kawamura Masanobu, Showa stamp.
This is a lovely earlier private mounts purchase shin gunto, Showa
stamped (1921 to 1941), buy a top ranking smith, signed Noshu Seki
Jyu Kawamura Masanobu Saku.
The 25 1/2 inch (cutting edge - excludes habaki) blade is in very
good order and has a definite gendaito appearance, though it is
probably not true gendaito. The early WW2 fittings are very good,
the wonderful cast tsuba shows this sword was the original officer's
pride and "joy". Everything is good, including original
sword knot which shows this sword was taken from an officer, rather
than being one of the thousands of mass surrender swords at the
end of the war (Japanese officers then removing the sword knots
to keep what honour they could). The leather saya / scabbard is
a little thin and dry (leather balsam duly added).
One of the best examples you will find. A tremendous investment.
If you would like to see how good an example this sword is of this
maker and what a great price we offer it, just do a quick Google
for Kawamura Masanobu. Further / full sized images available
upon request. Please quote item reference number F16.