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WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto, sold

In good overall condition, a pre-1942 Showa stamped Imperial Japanese army officer's shin gunto.

WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto

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An earlier WW2 shin gunto, with some period nicks to the cutting edge (for us, these only add to the sword). Looks like a Minho blade maker called Kuniharu, but he had very bad hand writing. Although the Showa stamp means the blade is not Gendaito, it is certainly not the basic stainless steel as there is some ware and grain to it.

The 24 7/8 inch (nagasa / point to habaki) blade is in good order but with no visible hamon, and with a few small nicks the forward cutting edge. There is a little looseness blade to hilt, but this is because a seppa (washer) is missing; we suspect it was a leather seppa that got eroded and can provide a small section of cow hide if the buyer wants to cut another out. Apart from that, the sword generally is very good. A split in the same (rayskin), some wear to the chape of the saya (scabbard) which shows this sword was carried a lot.

A great and evocative piece! Please quote item reference number K23 (1162). Further / full sized images available upon request.

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