Signed Japanese Army Officer Shin Gunto Sword
World War II period Japanese Imperial Army officer’s sword. The blade is signed “Kojima Yoshimichi”, with the actual civilian name of the smith being “Kojima Yukiyoshi” (as per the book “Index of Japanese Swordsmiths” by Sesko). The blade is approximately 26 1/2 inches long, with an overall length of approximately 38 inches when within the scabbard. The wooden handle is covered in ray skin, over which it is wrapped with golden brown fabric in the traditional fashion. The standard military menuki of three cherry blossoms is beneath the wrap. The sword has a wood scabbard with a leather combat cover. The cover shows wear, with a spot on the bottom where the wood scabbard is exposed. There is a brass tsuba on the sword which has the decorative motif of cherry blossoms. The blade has no chips, no edge nicks, and no active rust. The blade exhibits period sharpening and gray spots. There is a wavy temper line which remains visible. Obviously a sword that was carried, and apparently used, in combat.
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