WW2 Japanese 1937M Naval / Marine Officer's
Kai-Gunto Katana, sold
In good condition, a late WW2 Imperial Japanese naval / marine
(Naval Landing Forces) officer's kai-gunto sword.
With only one ashi (suspension ring), these naval kai-gunto are
often associated with Naval Landing Force officers (marines). The
wooden saya may well have originally been plain with a black leather
combat cover, but this one is painted black which may or may not
be period. The sword is late war because of the black pitch tsuka;
earlier swords would have been rayskin. Because the sword is clearly
late WW2 and because there is no indication that the blade is gendaito,
we have not removed the tsuba to expose the tang, nor will we do
so, as such act is pointless.
The 25 1/4 inch (64 cm) cutting edge (Nagasa) blade is in very
good condition, some scuffs, but overall very good. The sword generally
also very good and the blade straight. The saya (scabbard) has splits
along the edges towards the end. These swords normally go for a
lot more at auction even. Please quote item reference L18 (1196).
Further / full sized images upon request.