The sword has a blade length of 21.25 inches (54cm). The blade has bo-hi , or grooves, on both sides. It features a well-grained and tight itame hada. The hamon is a Soshu-style suguha that at times tends to undulate like notare. The hamon is present the length of the blade through the kissaki where it ends in a maru boshi with some light hakikake.
The hamon features a deep nie -laden nioi guchi. The tang is signed Musashi Taro Yasukuni. Shin Jugo mai Kobuse kitae. On the other which translates to forged with 15 layer Kobuse technique.Musashi Yasukuni was a line of very well-known swordsmiths working in Edo during the late 1600s and early 1700s. Their swords were high quality and known for expert workmanship. They were respectively highly ranked Jo Saku and Chu Jo Saku by Fujishiro. The mountings are 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 tsuka features a family mon of omodaka , or water plantain, which was famous for use by clans such as the Matsudaira.The tsuba is classic WW2 with a full set of eight accompanying metal seppas. The saya (scabbard) is a very high quality large nodule samezaya saya. It is really outstanding and one of the better samezaya sayas seen on Type 98 Shin Gunto mounts. This example shows just a few small areas of missing finish, retaining roughly 95-97% finish. The blade is in Excellent condition.
There are no nicks, a few very small spots of rust, and a few scattered scratches. There is one small ware. There are no major flaws like hagire. Given the high degree of craftsmanship displayed, 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 WWII Japanese Samurai Sword NIHONTO WW2 Shin Gunto WAKIZASHI WW2 RARE" is in sale since Thursday, October 7, 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.
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