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Untouched WWII Japanese Army Officer Shin Gunto Sword
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A very good example of a World War II sword for an officer of the Imperial Japanese Army. The sword is untouched and has never been taken apart since it was brought home to the United States as a souvenir by a returning American veteran. The mekugi bamboo peg which holds the grip onto the tang is set deep inside of the handle, beneath the wrap, and it has never been removed to permit examination of the tang. 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 very bright overall, though somewhat dirty, with some scratches, smudges, and small spots. The blade is without nicks, chips or active rust. The tsuba is the solid style. The grip is covered in white skin, with a wrap in the traditional fashion in dark brown 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.