Signed Japanese Army Officer Shin Gunto Sword
A World War II period Japanese Imperial Army officer’s sword. The sword is signed “Toki Yoshimasa”, this being the smith name of “Toki Yoshihira” a gunto smith who was born on 21 November 1897 and who died 2 November 1980. The blade is approximately 25 1/2 inches long, with an overall length of approximately 39 inches when within the scabbard. The wooden handle is covered in ray skin, over which it is wrapped with olive green fabric in the traditional fashion. The standard military menuki of three cherry blossoms is beneath the wrap. The sword has a steel scabbard which is painted a dark brown and on which the paint is approximately 90% intact, with some light rust in and around the bottom scabbard fitting. There is a darkly toned pierced tsuba on the sword. The steel blade is bright with no chips, no edge nicks, and no active rust. There is a very nice wavy temper line which remains visible and overall the blade is in excellent condition.
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