WW2 Unsigned Japanese Shin Gunto, sword knot,
Gendaito facets, for sale
In fair condition, a WW2 unsigned Japanese Shin Gunto with sword
knot and Gendaito facets.
An impressive shin gunto, though the blade has some light pitting.
The width of the blade at the habaki is 1 1/4 inches, so a pretty
chunky blade, not typical of Showato (mass produced) blades. The
characteristics of the blade, plus other factors, lead us to believe
this is a Gendaito blade. In any event, it has its original sword
knot with it, so this sword was taken from an officer; it is not
therefore an end of war surrender item (as the Japanese officers
removed their sword knots before surrendering their swords).
The 21 1/16 inch blade has a feint hamon, scuffs, a few patina
spots and some light pitting in places. The rayskin has shrunk a
little, the bindings are worn and frayed in one place. The menuki
hole has been enlarged (someone had used a brass slug to hold the
sword together - we have put a wooden peg in now). There is a kink
in the saya / scabbard, which is generally aged and worn. The locking
pin mechanism is complete but the catch on the saya is bent a little,
so it does not hold the scabbard in place.
Overall, a very nice shin gunto, importantlyunsigned and with its
original sword knot. Yours for £xxx. Please quote item reference
N55 (1314). Further / full sized images available upon request.