It features a well-grained, highly visible, and finely crafted itame hada. The hamon is a Mishina-style gunome midare that is present the length of the blade through the kissaki where it ends in a maru boshi.
The hamon is expertly made with a deep nioi guchi , ashi , and sunagashi in and along the hamon. It is a highly refined hamon.
The tang is signed Kiku Mon Izumi no Kami Rai Kanemichi. Rai Kanemichi was a famous and celebrated line of swordsmiths that were part of the well-known Mishina school. They worked from the 1600s to 1800s in Yamashiro province and their swords were famous for their expert craftsmanship.
They were held in high enough esteem that they were allowed to carve the Kiku mon on their swords. Their swords were highly sought out by samurai during the time and are still sought out by collectors today. This sword looks to be by the 3.
He is ranked Chu Jo Saku by Fujishiro. The sword comes with a Kanteisho certification attesting to its authenticity.
The blade comes in original Samurai mountings. They are in Near MINT condition. The tsuka has a silk ito wrapping with little to no fraying.The tsuka shows a very high quality fuchi with family mons. The tsuba is a high quality iron sukashi with two accompanying seppas. The saya (scabbard) is black lacquer with a leather weathering cover. The leather cover is supple and well-aged. Retaining roughly 90-95% of original finish.
The blade is in MINTY condition. There are no nicks, little to no rust, and few, if any scratches. There are no major flaws like hagire. Given the high degree of craftsmanship displayed, kanteisho 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 SHINTO WWII Japanese Samurai Sword NIHONTO WW2 Shin Gunto WAKIZASHI" is in sale since Friday, June 25, 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.