MINTY + NBTHK HOZON + TOP 1% WWII Japanese Samurai Sword NIHONTO Shin Gunto. The blade represents the opportunity to own a historic Shinto katana made by the famous swordsmith Mizuta Kunishige , certified with NBTHK Hozon papers, and with high end Shin Gunto mounts that include a family mon on the handle. This is a special sword that has it all for a collector of WW2 militaria or Japanese swords.
The blade and the mountings are in MINTY condition. The sword has a blade length of 26.25 inches (67cm). It features a well-grained, highly visible, and finely crafted itame hada that mixes with a burl ko-mokume hada. The hamon is a Bitchu-style chu-suguha that is present the length of the blade through the kissaki where it ends in a maru boshi.
The hamon is similar to the old Kamakura-era Aoe school with a tight nioi guchi and ko-gunome , ko-ashi , and yo in and along the hamon. It is a highly refined hamon.The tang is signed Bitchu no Kuni Mizuta ju Kunishige and has been shortened. Mizuta Kunishige was a line of very well-known swordsmiths working in Bitchu province during the 1600s and 1700s. Their swords were high quality and known for expert workmanship. They have been highly sought out over time by both old samurai and collectors today. Based on the workmanship and style of signature, this sword looks to be the second or third generation working around 1600, each of which were famous. They were respectively highly ranked Jo Saku and Jo Jo Saku by Fujishiro. The blade also comes with NBTHK Hozon papers attetsting to the authenticity and quality of the blade. The mountings are Type 98 Shin Gunto and in MINTY condition. The tsuka is silk-cord wrapped with cherry blossom menuki.
There is little to no fraying. The tsuka features a family mon of igeta , or well frame, which was famous for use by clans such as the Mizoguchi. The tsuba is classic WW2 with six accompanying metal seppas.
The saya (scabbard) features a textured brown lacquered finish. It shows one tiny dent and very few areas of missing finish, retaining roughly 98-99% of its finish. The blade also comes with a custom made shirasaya mounting to protect the blade and a wooden tsunagi insert for the Shin Gunto mounts. The blade is in MINTY condition. There are no nicks, little to no rust, and few if any scratches.There is one very small lateral ware in the kissaki. There are no major flaws like hagire. Given the high degree of craftsmanship displayed, NBTHK papers, reputation of the swordsmith, and outstanding condition of the blade and mounts, I highly recommend this sword to a collector of Japanese swords or WWII militaria. Terms and additional items: This item is original and not a knockoff or fake. I can send additional detailed photos upon request.
This item is not for sale where prohibited. The item "MINTY + NBTHK HOZON + TOP 1% WWII Japanese Samurai Sword NIHONTO Shin Gunto" is in sale since Sunday, May 30, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Japan\Edged Weapons". The seller is "sohei_swords" and is located in Richmond, Virginia. This item can be shipped worldwide.