Original WWII Japanese Army Officer Katana Samurai Sword with Handmade Blade by SUKEHIDE dated 1868 and Surrender Label
Original Item: Only One Available. This is fully research katana in wonderful condition that even includes its original WW2 surrender label still attached. The blade is handmade and expertly crafted by a master sword maker and signed by him on the tang- 備州 三良 住 祐秀 - BISHU MIYOSHI JU SUKEHIDE. Their full real name was YOKOYAMA SOUZAEMON. It is dated 慶応三年二月, which would be for KEIOU era 3rd year, 2nd month which translates to February 1868. The era characters are written in simplified script. See Hanley's List reference SUKE 684 for more information on this smith. There is also information on this smith in Markus Sesko's Index of Japanese Swordsmiths N- Z.
Features of this fine Shin Gunto include:
- Single-hole tang.
- Tang is signed by the maker and dated.
- Hole in tang are punched not drilled.
- Folded steel blade (fold lines are evident on the spine and body of blade)
- Vibrant visible temper line ("hamon").
Offered in wonderful condition, it is still sharp and nick free. Blade length is approximately 27" with a long gracefully tapered tang. Multiple temper lines clearly visible. Hamon is gunome midare. Yokote and hamon and clear and well defined. Milky look to the hamon. Standard ww2 hilt with shark skin panels below the binding. Button release for the scabbard. Mid-brown leather field cover in good order. Still attached to the ring, a linen label with surrender details. With a sheet of translation of the tang details..
It has been over one thousand years ago that the art of making swords appeared in Japan. The swordsmiths of the time may not have known it but they were creating a legendary sword. The Samurai sword has seen combat in many battlefields. From the early days of the Samurai warrior to the fierce battles in the South Pacific during WWII.
Each hand-made Samurai sword is unique because it is forged from steel stock. A tremendous amount of work is dedicated to creating these pieces. They were an instrument of war as much as a beautiful artifact to adorn a room.
The Samurai sword has grown to be one of the most highly desired military antiques.
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