In very good condition, an unsigned WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Shin Gunto Katana
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The blade with a straight hamon has only a slight impact sign to the cutting edge; a great condition shin gunto but with a clear sign it was used! How rare is that?
The 25 3/8 inch nagasa (cutting edge) blade is in very good condition save for a slight period very small indent to the cutting edge. Two menuki (peg holes) may indicate this is a family blade, as it almost certainly was mounted in other furniture before. All regulation army furniture is good; the saya / scabbard a little aged and dented. The sword sheathes and draws well but the locking pin mechanism is just shy of where it should be and the saya’s corresponding internal fragile catch recess is missing its thin metal lip, as is so common, so the saya while firm when fully sheathed, does not lock.
A really high quality example with signs it was used, and in very god condition. Superb value at was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference X83. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1363-101x18x16 (2.465).