WW2 Japanese Naval Officer's Gai Gunto, unsigned,
good polish, sold
A WW2 Japanese naval officer's kai-gunto, complete with sword
knot, unsigned and in good original polish.
This is a lovely example of an Imperial Japanese naval officer's
sword, which was clearly taken from the officer, rather than handed
in as a mass surrender item, given the fact it comes with its original
sword knot (Japanese officers removed the sword knots when hading
in mass surrender swords). The blade is likely to be late war, though
appears to be one of the better ones, with some nie evident.
The 64 cm blade (excludes habaki) is in really good condition,
some scuffing and scratches here and there, but not very much. There
is a good strong straight hamon which again indicates that the blade
is one of the better ones, as it was not common for straight hamons
to be etched onto a blade. Everything seems good. The rayskin (same)
covered saya (scabbard) indicates a quality sword (lacquered saya
normally hold lesser blades). The ito bindings are over black faux
rayskin. The sword sheathes and draws very well.
Truly, a well above average example. Tremendous value. Please quote
item number H78 (1011). Additional / full sized photos available