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WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto by Kanezane, sold

In good condition, a rare Wo motte Yasukihagane steel blade by Kanezane (with his Kokuin to the tang), in a WW2 Japanese army officer's shin gunto.

WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto by Kanezane using Yasukihagane Steel

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This was a sword for a serious officer; the saya (scabbard) with scarce metal chape for durable wear, and just look at the special habaki (look closely, you will see one side of it). Signed "womotte Yasukihagane Kanezane Kinsaku" (the "Yasu" character has been obliterated by rust). Yes, there is a pre-1942 Showa stamp.

67.7cm Cutting edge (Nagasa) blade with hamon still visible but with small speckles of light former rust (patina spots) and scuffing, plus a couple of small nicks (they look period) to the forward cutting edge (kissaki area). Sword generally in aged condition, though still good. Some shrinkage to rayskin (not much). The saya / scabbard's leather has shrunk a bit. Sword sheathes and draws well.

Find another at any price! Yours for £xxx. Please quote item reference number N74 (1328). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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