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Signed 1943 Japanese Army Officer Shin Gunto Sword
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A very nice example of a World War II sword for an officer of the Imperial Japanese Army. The sword has an overall length in the scabbard of approximately 38 inches with a blade length of approximately 26 inches. The blade is generally bright overall, though somewhat dirty, with some scratches and some gray smudges. The blade is without nicks, chips or active rust. The tang has two holes and it is dated February, 1943, and it is signed "Masayuki". The tsuba is the solid style. The grip is covered in white skin, with a wrap in the traditional fashion in copper colored silk tape. The menuki beneath the wrapping on both sides is the normally seen style with three cherry blossoms. The metal scabbard retains nearly all of its original brown paint. The sword is in overall very good to excellent field used condition.