WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto, signed
In good to very good condition, with original polish, a Hashizume
school (Kaga Province) blade by Ietsugu, Kyoroku era (Sengoku period),
mounted in a WW2 Japanese army officer's shin gunto.
Believed based upon our detailed research to be the 2nd generation
(1528-1532) F S Rating Chu-jo saku. There were very few smiths
and even fewer who simply signed their name (all being from the
Province Hashizume school). The hamon on this blade is a close
match to a NBTHK
Hozon certified example of his work. This is a high quality
blade and whichever Ietsugu made it, the price we are selling it
for is fully justified if not a bargain.
The 26 5/8 inch cutting edge (Nagasa) blade is overall in very
good condition, straight and in original polish but with some scuffing,
some staining one side, a tiny nick and one tiny black spot (could
be old inert black rust spot) / fukure to the cutting edge near
the habaki. The mountings / koshirae are generally very good. The
rayskin / same is in very good shape. The leather on the saya /
scabbard has shrunk, so the fastener from the fuchi / tuska no longer
pops on into place. But the sword sheathes and draws very well.
A lovely shin gunto with a 500 year old or older Sengoku period
blade, yours for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item
reference number N84 (1334). Further / full sized pictures available