WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto Katana,
In good condition, a Spring 1942 made Mantetsu Imperial Japanese
army officer's shin gunto katana.
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
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.