WW2 Imperial Japanese Naval Officer's Kai
Gunto / Sword, Sold
In good condition, a late WW2 Imperial Japanese naval officer's
kai-gunto sword, signed Kaokane.
Naval kai guntos, by nature of the fact that so many were lost
to the ocean, are the rarest of the Imperial Japanese armed forces
swords. This one, complete with anchor stamp, is signed by Kaokane.
The blade is not gendaito but has a good clear hamon and feel to
The 24 3/8 inch cutting edge (Nagasa) blade is in good condition,
some scuffs, a nick towards the point, plus it was field sharpened,
but overall good. Some movement in the hilt, not much. The hilt
generally good. The saya with the top throat piece missing, but
otherwise good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
An above average example at a low price; just £xxx (too late,
now sold - though we will divulge the original sales price for a
small fee). Please quote item reference L55 (1195). Further / full
sized images available upon request.