NEAR MINT WWII Japanese Samurai Sword SHIN GUNTO World War 2 KATANA WW2 BLADE. Item Description: This is an original Japanese army officers sword in Shin Gunto mountings from World War 2.The blade is in Near MINT condition and the fittings are in MINTY condition. It is a healthy sword and has a blade length of 24.25 inches (62cm). The hada is a tight and visible itame.
The hamon is an undulating Soshu-style notare hamon that is present the length of the blade ending in a maru boshi. The tang is signed Akisada. It is dated Showa Jyu Ku Nen , or 1944. The mountings are Type 98 Shin Gunto and in MINTY condition. The tsuka is silk-cord wrapped with cherry blossom menuki.
The wrapping is tight and there is little to no fraying. There is a blue/brown company officers tassel attached to the tsuka. The tsuba is the classic WW2 design with six accompanying metal seppas. The saya (scabbard) is green painted metal. It shows no dents and very few areas of missing finish, displaying roughly 97-98% original finish.
There is a locking mechanism and it works perfectly. The blade is in Near MINT condition. There are no nicks, a few small scattered spots of rust, and some small scattered scratches.
There is one small pit and the tip has been dinged by less than 1mm. There are no major flaws like hagire. Given the condition, reputation of the swordsmith, and history of the sword, I think this piece would be an outstanding addition for 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 "NEAR MINT WWII Japanese Samurai Sword SHIN GUNTO World War 2 KATANA WW2 BLADE" is in sale since Monday, May 31, 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.