Japanese 1937P WW2 Naval Officer's Kai-Gunto
A rare Japanese 1937 pattern WW2 naval officer's kai-kunto with
quality shargreen saya (scabbard).
Given most WW2 Japanese naval kai-guntos went down with the ships
their officers served on, these 1937 Pattern swords are extremely
rare. This particular sword has an unsigned tang and higher quality
shargreen saya / scabbard, raising the prospect it was made for
a front line naval officer.
The 67.5cm (including habaki) / 65 cm cutting edge blade is in
overall very good condition and a very distinct Sugu ha (straight)
hamon. It should be noted that in Richard Fuller and Ron Gregory's
full edition Japanese Military and Civil Swords and Dirks, considered
to be the "bible" of reference books, the Sugu ha is not
listed on their chart (Fig 60, Page 214) of so-called Yakiba (artificial
acid etched applied to low grade blades) patterns. The blade has
a couple of dings to it, one each side (not fatal), and some slight
staining in one small area, plus some surface scratches near the
tip; but it remains one of the better condition blades I have seen.
The shargreen saya has split (from dryness) alond the bottom edge.
The remains of the surrender tag is still stuck to one side of the
saya; this will easily come off with water; I left it on in case
the new owner would like to keep it that way. The grip is in good
Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Ref 166.