Early WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Officer's
In good overall condition, an early WW2 Imperial Japanese army
officer's shin gunto katana, signed Kanetsune.
With 1926-1941 Showa stamp, this katana is an early war private
purchase officer's sword with bespoke tsuba, as was common. The
hamon is still very pronounced and has some non-etched characteristics,
but the blade is not true Gendaito, but also not one of the lower
grade rolled / milled steel blades. The tang signed "Kanetsune
The 26 inch cutting edge (Nagasa) is scuffed and has some small
amounts of other aging here and there, but generally is very good.
Overall, the entire katana is in good shape, though aged as to be
A nice example. Please quote item reference L02 (1183). Further
/ full sized images available upon request.