WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Katana, Sunobe
abura yake-ire to, Sold
In good overall condition, a Sunobe abura yake-ire to (higher
quality Showato) ww2 Japanese army officer's shin gunto katana,
signed and dated.
Sunobe abura yake-ire to means "drawn and hammered oil-hardened",
which gives a highly quality Showato blade with certain Gendaito
characteristics, such as here, a Masame (straight grain) hada. Signed
"Kanetatsu" (low to medium grade Showato) and dated April
1944, with post 1941 Seki stamp.
The 25 3/4 inch blade (measured from habaki inset to point) is
in very good condition, perhaps a little over-buffed, but a slight
non-etched hamon and the Masame grain is still evident. The Tsuka
(grip) has split Same (rayskin) in a couple of places, the ito (bindings
have come away at one end (can be glued) and are a little out of
kilter in a couple of places, but not by much. The rayskin around
the menuki peg holes is enlarged / split a little. The Saya (scabbard)
is sound but has lost its leather field service covering. The locking
pin mechanism has lost its catch pin end. The sword sheathes and
draws well but the habaki catches on the inside of the saya (it
feels like the locking pin mechanism works) and can require a little
wriggle (holding the tsuka with one hand, and the saya the other)
to effect release.
The blade is well above average for Showato, the furniture is as
described above, but still, a cracking buy at only £? (too
late, now sold). Please quote item reference O58 (1366). Further
/ full sized pictures available upon request.