Maker: Signed Blade (Unknown)
Product Description: This Japanese Officers Gunto is an extremely desirable, traditionally made sword. The full length, handmade blade is gorgeous, with loads of original luster, and only a few very small marks. There is a nice temper line visible along the length of the blade, and no damage at all to the cutting edge. The tang of the blade is signed by the manufacturer. All of the beautifully ornamented grip fittings of this sword are present, and function perfectly. The grip is textbook, with fully intact ray skin under the typical Army cord wrapping. This Japanese Officers Gunto is complete with its original scabbard, which retains nearly all of the original olive paint finish. The grip and scabbard have a perfectly matching, light, pleasant age patina. This is a high quality sword, with loads of eye appeal. It displays extremely well and is in a very strong excellent condition overall.
Historical Description: It has been suggested that the Japanese military made more use of swords in WWII than the armed forces of any other nation. Officers in WWII and the pre-war years were required to have them. For many Japanese soldiers and officers, the sword was a connection to traditional samurai mythology. Some of the swords carried by Japanese soldiers, sailors and airmen were ancestral heirlooms, some of them hundreds of years old, often in new, military mounts. Others bought or were issued swords made specifically for Imperial Japanese Army or Navy use. Some of the military swords used traditionally made blades, while others used production shortcuts that arose from the need to produce the massive quantities of swords required by the growing military. There were many variants of swords used by the Japanese military in WWII, including the old style Army sword- the kyū guntō- and several models of the shin-guntō, which was made between 1935 and 1945. Swords used by the Japanese military in WWII, including the ancestral Samurai blades, the traditionally made military blades, and even the most inferior quality late war machine made pieces, are all collectible today for their historical value.
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