WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Officers Shin
In overall good condition, a World War 2 Japanese army officer's
shin gunto, private purchase with non-regulation Gosan Kiri decoration,
blade by Tempo era Higo smith Enju Naohiro.
The maker of the blade Enju Naohiro, is said by some to be the
same person as Dotanuki Munehiro, see Nihonto
Antiques Site; this claim is contentious, but in any event,
Enju Naohiro was clearly a quality blade maker. This blade has a
feint though clear and very active gunome / midare hamon with the
bohi (fuller) indicating this was one of his better blades.
The 24 inch blade is sound with no truly major rust spots. The
same rayskin grip is split one side and a menuki is missing off
the same side. The sarute loop (sword knot ring at the end of pommel)
has come astray a little. The leather saya / scabbard is aged and
worn, etc. but sound. The tsuba is a later replacement, the original
apparently having split from active service use. But otherwise the
sword is authentic and in overall good condition for a field officer's
sword that probably dates from before Pearl Harbor.
A great sword from a great blade maker. Please quote item reference
number G82 (981). Further / full sized images upon request.