Original WWII Japanese Army Officer Shin-Gunto Katana Samurai Sword by KAMEYOSHI with Handmade Blade
Original Item: Only One Available. This is fully researched WW2 made katana in wonderful condition. The blade is handmade and fully signed(mei) and dated on both sides of the tang (nakago). It was crafted in BINGO province, in the town of HABU by master sword maker KUSHINO KAMEYOSHI. On the tang this is written as 備後 土生 住 串野 亀吉 作 - BINGO HABU JU KUSHINO KAMEYOSHI SAKU, where "saku" means "made this". The other side of the tang is dated with 皇紀 二千 六百 年 吉日, which is read KOUKI NISEN ROKU-HYAKU NEN KICHIJITSU. This translates to 2600 years from the foundation of the empire in 660 BC, which is 1940, on a Lucky Day. The Imperial Year (kouki) method of dating swords is one we do not see often at all.
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 28" with a long gracefully tapered tang. This is a bit longer than the typical length of 26-27 inches. Multiple temper lines clearly visible. Hamon is of the choji-midare type, with irregular undulations and some clover-tree flower shapes. Yokote and hamon and clear and well defined, with a milky look to the hamon. Standard WW2 hilt with ray skin panels below the binding. Mid-brown leather field cover in good order, though the top of the cover is torn and has been wrapped with black lacing post war. Included is a label with the 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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