Rare WW2 Japanese Marine / Naval Landing
Force Shin Gunto, Sold
Rare on two counts, a good to very good condition WW2 Japanese
Marine Landing Officer's Shin Gunto, with twin ashi, with Masayuke
stamp, including sword knot.
What a find! Not only does it have a rare Masayuke stamp (Slough
rates Iijima Masayuki as having made Medium to High grade Gendaito
- see page 111 of Slough's book for info on the stamp), but this
shin gunto has had a second ashi suspension ring added, so it was
carried by a WW2 Japanese Naval Landing Force (Marine) officer.
Not only that, but it comes with the original sword knot, which
means this sword was taken off the officer (it is not a mass post-surrender
item where the officers first removed the sword knots). OK, the
blade is good, not perfect / in high polish and has some small nicks,
but this means the sword was probably used / held in battle.
The 25 inch blade (measured from habaki inset to point) is in good
condition, some very small nicks to the cutting edge, some scuffing,
some staining or smearing, but overall good. All the fittings are
in good order; the saya would have had a leather covering originally,
but this is gone. The rayskin same has some splitting but overall
is good. The saya has some signs of wear / slight damage but is
still good. The locking pin mechanism is complete and works, but
just fails to click onto the saya. The sword sheathes and draws
well. The sword knot is brown and blue, so the officer held the
rank of Lieutenant or Captain.
Go on, just try and get another one! Look, we are offering this
rare and fine example of an Imperial marine officer's shin gunto,
taken off the officer himself, for only £xxxx (too late, now
sold - original sales price divulged for small fee). Please quote
item reference N99 (1355). Further / full sized images upon request.