WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto With
14C/15C Blade, Sold
In full polish (polished by a fully trained second generation
polisher in Japan contracted by renowned expert Paul Martin of the
Japanese Sword), an Oei era (July 1394 through April 1428) Bizen
Naginata-Naoshi Katana blade with WW2 Shin Gunto mounts (with silver
mon) & ShiraSaya storage mounts.
The mei is badly corroded, but the expert opinion is Oei era Bizen
for sure, but there is some debate on the smith. The majority believe
it to be Bishu Osafune Ju Yoshikage, son-in-law of the legendary
Chogi; Yoshikage was quite a prolific maker of such blades. Another
expert believes it could be Bishu Osafune Kiyomitsu. The blade is
in shirasaya mounts for storage / protection.
This Naginata-Naoshi came to us in special WW2 shin gunto mounts
and we paid for it to go to Japan for the best polish possible.
The blade is a Naginata-Naoshi (pole arm) converted for use as a
katana blade. As a Naginata-Naoshi, like many (though not all others),
it has a bo utsuri requenshing decoration line at the Mune-Machi
(notch on the top of the blade). We have retained the shin gunto
mounts for you, but the polisher recommends not to use them in case
they abrase the blade.
A Naginta is a Samurai class bladed pole weapon (a glaive). A Naginata-Naoshi
is where the blade has instead been adapted and mounted into a katana.
This Shin Gunto mounted Naginata-Naoshi would have been for an important
officer with Samurai ancestry.
The 26 13/16 inch cutting edge (Nagasa) blade is exceptional, with
only a few of the tiniest forging flaws. The shin gunto mounts,
specially made for this monster of a blade, has a mon type silver
disc to the kabuto-gane (pommel) which reads "Nakano";
this may either be the name of the officer or the Imperial Japanese
Army's Elite Intelligence School.
An exceptional WW2 Shin Gunto with guaranteed Oei era Bizen Naginata-Naoshi
Katana blade for only £? (too late, now sold).
Please quote item reference N83 (0111). Further / full sized images