Original WWII Japanese Army Officer Shin-Gunto Katana Samurai Sword by MORI TOSHIHARU with Steel Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. Purchased from a collector, this is an nice condition katana with a steel army scabbard. 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 3 character "mei", which reads 森 俊治 - MORI TOSHIHARU. This is a known Showa Era smith.
- 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 mostly nick free. The tip of the blade does show evidence of being dropped a short distance. Overall the polish on the blade is good, with just a bit of staining from oxidation in places. Blade length is approximately 25 1/2" and overall length 36 1/2". Handmade blade with signed semi round tang. Temper line (hamon) is visible, and is of the lightly undulating type. Grain on blade is visible, along with some blade inclusions typically seen in handmade blades.
The blade mountings are the classic WW2 era Army style. Round tsuba (cross guard) with brass Imperial Army cherry blossom 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 slightly stained from use. There is also a tassel attached to the pommel loop. The Scabbard (saya) is steel and in very nice condition, though the original finish has been painted over to match the color of the wrapping. It matches and locks into the hilt.
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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