RARE GENERAL KYU GUNTO WWII Japanese Samurai Sword Shin Gunto WW2 KATANA. The blade and the mountings are in Excellent condition.
It is a healthy sword and has a blade length of 26 inches (66cm). There are well-crafted bo-hi , or grooves, down both sides of the blade. The hada is a tight and visible ko-itame that has been expertly crafted. The blade features an etched gunome midare hamon that is present the length of the blade, ending in a round maru boshi. The blade is mumei , or unsigned.
Based on the shape, workmanship, and age, the sword looks to be an early murata-to , or one of the famous experimental swords developed by the Japanese general Murata Tsuneyoshi. The mountings are Russo-Japanese period General Kyu Gunto with a high quality tortoise-shell tsuka. The mountings are in Excellent condition. The tsuka is saber-shaped and in MINTY condition.
All of the wire wraps are present around a customized tortoise-shell core, indicating the sword belonged to an officer at the general rank. The tsuka shows a full backstrap decoration as well as a nice and healthy patina. The saya shows some scattered small areas of missing finish, retaining roughly 90-95% original finish. There is a locking mechanism and it works perfectly.The blade is in Excellent condition. It shows one very small micro nick, a few small spots of light scattered rust, and few scratches along the blade. There are no major flaws like hagire.
Given the rarity of authentic Generals grade swords, I highly recommend this very desirable Kyu Gunto for a collection of WW2 militaria or Japanese swords. 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 "RARE GENERAL KYU GUNTO WWII Japanese Samurai Sword Shin Gunto WW2 KATANA" is in sale since Wednesday, December 22, 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.