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WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto Katana, Kanemichi, sold

In very good condition, guaranteed authentic, a well above average example of a WW2 Japanese army officer's shin gunto katana, signed Kanemichi.

WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto Katana, Kanemichiimage M92 1

Sold Item Notice

100% authentic WW2 Japanese shin gunto, guaranteed. Although we know the signature is "Kanemichi", the first name / characters are not known to us, so you should do any research before buying. It appears to be "Seki Ju Katakei Kanemichi saku" (we may be wrong about "Katakei"). In any event, this is a beautiful example of a shin gunto with "cat scratch" habaki.

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The 25 3/4 inch blade is in very good condition, though the hamon is now feint and the tip is a slightly different shape to most (looks to have been forged in a special / certain almost bulbous effect - the additional full sized photos / images show this aspect). Acquired from a deceased collector's etstate who liked scarce and rare versions of WW2 Japanese swords, including this one; side catch NCO's katana. There are some indications that this is more than a base machine made showato blade, not least the tip. The sword components (tsuka, saya, etc) are all very good indeed; the tsuba and full numbered seppa set very nice; this is an impressive looking sword. Post 1941 Seki stamp to tang. The sword sheathes and draws well, the catch locking system is in good working order. The shoe lace tied to the sarute loop looks army original, so we left it attached.

A cracker; yours for £(too late). Please quote item reference number M92 (1295). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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