Original WWII Japanese Army Officer Shin-Gunto Katana Samurai Sword by YOSHIFUSA in Steel Scabbard - dated 1945

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Purchased directly from a USMC veteran's family this is an nice condition Japanese officer katana. The blade is hand made, indicated by a few tell tale characteristics that include:

- Double-hole tang.

- Tang is signed by the maker on both sides!

- Holes in tang are punch not drilled

- Folded steel blade (fold lines are evident on the spine)

- Visible temper line ("hamon").

Offered in very good condition with specks of discoloration on blade, it is still razor sharp and nick free. Blade length is approximately 26" and overall length 37". Handmade blade, with two mounting holes in the squared off tang.

One side of the tang bears the makers name: 義 房 or YOSHIFUSA, which we have confirmed with period signatures (oshigata). This smith is listed in the Seki Tanrensho Booklet printed in 1939. There are two smiths using this name listed in the book, so it is not clear which one made this. The other side is dated 昭 和 二 十 年 一 月, for January of 1945.

Round tsuba (cross guard) with menuki (grip decoration), and a nice Kashira (End Cap), one bamboo securing peg still present. Excellent stingray Sa-Me (grip) with complete Ito (cloth binding). The Scabbard (saya) is steel and in very nice condition with original WW2 paint.

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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