Original WWII Japanese Army Officer Shin-gunto Katana Samurai Sword by KANEMUNE with Steel Scabbard & Leather Cover
Original Item: Only One Available. Purchased from a collector, this is an nice condition katana with a steel army scabbard and leather scabbard cover.. The blade is handmade and expertly crafted by a master sword maker due to a few tell tale characteristics that include:
- Single-hole tang.
- Tang is signed by the maker, with 4 character "mei."
- Hole in the tang are punch not drilled.
- Folded steel blade (fold lines are evident on the spine and body of blade)
- Visible temper line ("hamon").
- Clear grain (hada) on the blade, with lamination lines visible.
Offered in very good condition with some areas of light staining, it is still sharp and nick free. The blade has seen use and cleaning, which have removed some of the blade polishing. Blade length is approximately 25 1/2" and overall length 36.5". Handmade blade with signed semi round tang. Temper line (hamon) is visible, and is of the undulating type. Grain on blade is visible, along with some blade inclusions typically seen in handmade blades. Blade is in very good condition, though repeated cleaning has dulled the finish somewhat.
One side of the tang bears the makers name: 関 兼 宗 作, which is read SEKI KANEMUNE SAKU, or "Kanemune made this at Seki (arsenal)". Kanemune is listed in the Seki Tanrensho Booklet printed in 1939. Their real name was 福本 小市 - Fukumoto Koichi, and they sometimes signed blades "Fukumoto Kanemune".
Round tsuba (cross guard) with brass Imperial Army 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), though the cloth is stained from use. Seppa (spacers), Tsuka (crossguard), Fuchi (collar), Tsuka (handle) and even the scabbard lock are marked 12, indicating a matching original set. The Scabbard (saya) is steel and in very nice condition with original WW2 paint. It matches and locks into the hilt. We were not able to find the number on the scabbard, but we have no reason to doubt is matching. Over the scabbard is a nice leather sword cover in excellent condition
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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