Original WWII Japanese Army Officer Shin-Gunto Katana Samurai Sword by SADEMITSU with Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Purchased directly from a veteran's family this is an excellent condition katana. The blade is handmade and expertly crafted by a master sword maker and signed by him on the tang. The blade has the following correct characteristics:

- Double-hole tang.

- Tang is signed by the maker.

- Holes in tang are punch not drilled

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

- Crisp visible temper line ("hamon").

Offered in near excellent condition with only a few minor specks of discoloration, it is still razor sharp and nick free. Blade length is approximately 25 1/2" and overall length 36". Handmade blade, with two mounting holes in the squared off tang. Multiple temper lines visible.

The tang of the blade is signed on one side 助 川 貞 光 - SUKEGAWA SADAMITSU. In this case the last name of the maker is "Sukegawa" and their "Swordsmith name" is Sadamitsu. There were numerous smiths using this name active during the Showa period and before. We have unfortunately not been able to find out much about this specific smith, but have found at least 2 other examples of their work.

Round tsuba (cross guard) with gold highlighted 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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