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Gendeito WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto, Nagamitsu, sold

In good condition, a Gendeito WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto, Bizen Nagamitsu, with Combat Cover and Knot.

Gendeito WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto, Nagamitsu, Combat Cover, KnotImage w82 1

Sales enquiries

The combat cover and knot confirm this shin gunto was taken off a Japanese army officer, not handed in as part of the mass surrender when Japanese officers removed their knots and covers. This gendeito gunto is untouched, as it was (with some subsequent age of course) when it was taken as a war trophy. The mei is signed "Bizen Nagamitsu"; Nagamitsu made medium to high grade gendaito.

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The 25 3/4 inch Nagasa (cutting edge section) blade is in original untouched condition except for period use (it has been sharpened and has some light surface scrapes); undoubtedly would be an exceptional blade with a professional polish. Furniture all good, except for age, a little shrinkage to the same / rayskin, etc. The sword knot in good condition. The leather combat covers has shrunk and the hood has cracked; leather balsam would help if you don't mind a slight tackiness for a while. Retaining pin mechanism present and working. The sword sheathes and draws well.

A high quality Gendaito gunto by a respected swordsmith, complete with knot and combat covers for only £? (too late, now sold), we must be mad! Please quote item reference number W82 (1208). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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