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WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto Katana, Mantetsu, SOLD

In good condition, a Spring 1942 made Mantetsu Imperial Japanese army officer's shin gunto katana.

WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto Katana, Koa Isshin Mantetsu, 1942

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The mei reads "Ko-A I-Sshin Man-Tetsu Saku" (Develop Asia by One Mind), the date "Sho-Wa Mizunoe Uma Haru" (Showa Spring 1942), and the obligatory Ra production number is marked to the spine of the blade. Mantetsu steel and the sword blades they produced are of vastly superior quality to Showato blades. Such are the quality of their blades, they are often mistaken for old masters. This one has stains but these may come off with careful use of an uchiko ball. The hamon is still very vivid, so still in original polish.

The 26 1/4 inch cutting edge (Nagasa) blade is in good condition, some scuffs, some stains, but the straight hamon is good and no defects / nicks. Nice tsuka and "furniture"; rayskin still good. Scabbard with age and rust but very sound and with original brown paint. The locking catch has been broken on the pin itself as is very common. Sword sheathes and draws well.

Lovely, what else can we say? Please quote item reference M94 (1292). Further / full sized images available upon request.

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