WW2 Japanese Naval Landing Forces Officers
Kai-Gunto Gendaito, for sale
In good condition, a scarce WW2 Japanese Naval Landing Forces
Officer's Kai-Gunto Gendaito Wakizashi.
An Imperial Japanese Naval Kai-Gunto with a single ashi (saya /
scabbard suspension ring) equals a naval marine officer's sword;
this one, a short sword (by choice of the officer) or "wakizashi".
Japanese marine landing officers came under the navy (hence they
wore Kai, not Shin Gunto), and had the hardest jobs of all fighting
officers; they were beach landing marines at the beginning of the
war and front line beach defense soldiers towards the end. The blade
in this one has two menuki peg holes, so it was likely mounted in
a civilian wakizashi previously. Most likely a 20th Century Gendaito
than an older ancestor's blade.
The 20 5/8 inch nagasa (cutting edge section) blade is in good condition
but has been over-cleaned so the hamon etc. is just visible, plus
there is a small nick / burr to the very tip (it is not damage from
being dropped, very different, only really detectable from one side,
more of a scrape than anything else). The tsuba and related fitting
are good, the tsuka is basically all good, but there is a small
crack in the same (ray skin). Saya / scabbard well above average.
The sword sheathes and draws well.
A well above average, highly desirable sword and just £950.
Please quote reference AE56. Further / full sized images available
upon request. Box 0942-101x18x17 (1.667). NB: A great candidate
for a professional polish which would not only bring the blade quality
but also remove the tiny burr.