Signed Japanese Army Officer Shin Gunto Sword
World War II period Japanese Imperial Army officer’s sword. The blade is approximately 24 1/2 inches long, with an overall length of approximately 39 inches when within the scabbard. The wooden handle is not covered in ray skin, but it is wrapped with fabric in the traditional fashion. The standard military menuki of three cherry blossoms are beneath the wrap. The sword has an olive brown painted scabbard that shows some wear, but the scabbard paint is approximately 80% intact. There is a decorative pierced brass metal tsuba with a relief cherry blossom pattern. The blade is stainless steel with no edge nicks and no active rust. A very nice wave like temper line remains visible and overall the blade is in very good condition. The tang beneath the handle is signed “Furukawa Kaneteru”.
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