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WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Katana for Military Use, Sold

In overall good condition, a good signed WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Katana for Military Use.

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Sold Item Notice

These swords normally mean pre-WW2 purchases by Japanese army officers, during Japan's initial expansion. The blade bears a Showa (1926 - 1941) stamp which confirms this. The mei / signature appears to be Yoshitsugi but is not really important as this is a Showato, not a Gendaito blade, though it still has a distinct hamon.

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The 26 inch Nagasa (cutting edge section) blade is in good condition but has several ominous shallow nicks to the forward cutting edge and various scratching / scuffing / staining commensurate with harsh battle conditions. The leaf pattern tsuba is good. The tsuka / hilt is generally good, but with wear age; the menuki ornaments have a nice blue tarnish, the rayskin is overall good if a little shrunk. The leather covered saya / scabbard is aged and worn, especially the kojiri (chape / drag). The small leather saya retaining strap is broken but there. The katana draws and sheathes well.

A very good example but at a low price. Our price; £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference R25 (0484). Further / full sized images available upon request.

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