WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto, knot
/ tassel, SOLD
In very good condition, a WW2 Imperial Japanese army officer's
shin gunto, unsigned blade, with original tassel / knot.
100% Guaranteed Authentic. A great example of a WW2 Japanese army
officer's shin gunto katana with its original tassel, which means
this sword was taken directly from the officer, not one surrendered
en mass at the end of the war (as these had their tassels removed
by the Japanese officers).
Unsigned tang (nakago) but has the "W" stamp to it, which
indicates it was produced by the Chigusa Factory section of the
The 25 1/2 inch blade with single bohi (groove / fuller) is in
very good condition. The sword could do with another seppa (washer);
it has a set of seppa and tsuba type 187 but there is gap enough
for one more. Everything else is in good shape except a) the tassel
is nearly worn through where it has rubbed against the sarute loop,
b) the rayskin on one side has a menuki peg hole that is a little
wide, the spring clip mechanism is present but the far locking end
is missing, as is common. Still, a great looking sword which sheathes
and draws well onto a well above average leather saya / scabbard.
Yours for £? (too late, now sold). Further / full sized images
available upon request. Please quote item number F55 (896).