MINTY WWII Japanese Samurai Sword SHIN GUNTO World War 2 NIHONTO WW2 KATANA. The blade represents the opportunity to own a gendaito katana by the well-known WW2 swordsmith Hizen Yoshitada in high end Shin Gunto mounts. The blade and the mountings are in Near MINT condition.
It is a healthy sword and has a blade length of 26.5 inches (67cm). It shows a well-grained and tight Hizen-style konuka hada. The hamon is a 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 blade is signed Hizen no Kuni Yoshitada. Yoshitada was a WW2-era descendant of the famous Hizen Tadayoshi school of swordsmiths.He worked in the Tadayoshi style and was well-known for making Gendaito, or swords forged using traditional materials and techniques. He was a member of the Rikugun Jumei Tosho and can be referenced on pg. 201 of Sloughs Modern Japanese Swordsmiths. The mountings are high end Type 98 Shin Gunto and in Near MINT condition. The tsuka is silk-cord wrapped with cherry blossom menuki. There is little to no fraying. The tsuba is classic WW2 with a complete set of eight accompanying metal seppas. The saya (scabbard) is green painted metal. The metal saya shows just a few very small spots of missing finish, retaining roughly 96-98% original finish. The locking mechanism is present. The blade is in Near MINT condition. There are a couple very small micro nicks in the kissaki, very little rust, and very few scratches along the blades length. There are no major flaws like hagire. Given the high-quality craftsmanship, reputation of the swordsmith, and outstanding condition, I highly recommend this piece to a collector of WW2 militaria or Japanese swords. 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 WWII Japanese Samurai Sword SHIN GUNTO World War 2 NIHONTO WW2 KATANA" is in sale since Friday, July 16, 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.