A signed, Showa stamped, 1938 Model Japanese army officer's shin
gunto (katana) with very clean blade.
In good to very good condition though with the fuchi (band around
the grip next to the guard / tsuba with the saya holding clasp)
missing (both original and good reproduction fuchi are widely sold
on eBay) and there a few dents in the original painted metal saya
The showa stamped 85cm blade (64.5 cm cutting edge excluding habaki)
is in overall very good condition with only a few slight blemishes
and a very distinct hamon. The grip is in good order. The tang is
signed Maekawa Masatsugu saku (Maekawa Masatsugu made this).
Further / full sized pictures available upon request.