Signed shin-gunto (fss-741)

Signed shin-gunto (fss-741)

Signed shin-gunto (fss-741)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a WWII era sword made for the war effort. The mounts are referred to as Shingunto and looks to have seen some use as well as the blade . The sword is signed but is difficult to make out and needs further examination on the signature.  There are many smiths making swords for the military that signed differently.  This is just one example of a authentic WWII sword. There appears to be a thick suguha-midare style hamon as well as an arsenal stamp on the tang. The sword is in relativly good condition and shows the wear and tear from being on the battlefield. A perfect blade for a WWII era Japanese sword collector. The blade comes mounted in a green lacquered saya with a tassel in very good condition. Shin-gunto, army officers swords, are the most common style of sword mountings from the World War II era. There is an enormous difference in quality of both blades and mounts of this period. Many, perhaps most, of the blades found in shin-gunto mounts are NOT traditionally made swords. Many are machine made and therefore are of interest as military collectables. The sword is 26 1/4″ and a fine example of a WWII military sword. These swords were sometimes found in civilian mounts used for Japanese sword practice. Mei: Difficult to read (needs more research) Date: WWII Era Nagasa: 26-1/4 inches Sori: 15.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 31.1 mm Width at the yokote: 22.6 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.5 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori Nakago: Ubu Kitae: muji Hamon: Oil tempered Midare Boshi: Maru Condition: WWII polish Click to Enlarge Image Click to Enlarge...
NCO shin-gunto (fss-740)

NCO shin-gunto (fss-740)

NCO shin-gunto (fss-740)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a WWII era sword made in the later part of the war. The sword is in fair condition and the mounts are standard NCO style mounts. a good sword for the WWII era Japanese sword collector.  Shin-gunto, army officers swords, are the most common style of sword mountings from the World War II era. There is an enormous difference in quality of both blades and mounts of this period. Many, perhaps most, of the blades found in shin-gunto mounts are not traditionally made swords. Many are machine made or old tempered and therefore are of interest only as military collectables. Some blades made during the war period were handmade but not by traditional methods. Excerpt from Rich Steins site: NCO SHIN-GUNTOPrior to 1945, NCO shin-gunto, non-commissioned officers swords, have all metal tsukas (handles) made to resemble the traditionally cloth wrapped shin-gunto swords. The first model had an unpainted copper hilt. On later models the hilts were made of aluminum and painted to resemble the lacing (ito) on officer’s shin-gunto swords. These swords will have serial numbers on their blades and are ALL machine made, without exception. The serial numbers are simple assembly or manufacturing numbers; they are not serial numbers of blades as issued to specific soldiers. If the sword is all original, the serial numbers on the blade, tsuba, saya and all other parts should match. In 1945, the NCO sword was changed to a simple wooden hilt with incised cross-hatching (no same’ or ito) and plain, black painted iron mounts and a light brown to tan...
Taro Kanehiro (fss-739)

Taro Kanehiro (fss-739)

Taro Kanehiro (fss-739)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This Shinsakuto is a beautiful traditionally made sword. With almost a 30″ Nagasa and custom mountings this is a sword to admire. This blade was created to use for training and also for cutting in the traditional Martial Arts as well as for a collector of Shinsakuto blades. A gunome hamon with Bohi adds to the lightness and balance of this sword as well as the aesthetic quality of the blade. The Koshirae is very appealing and not meant to be flashy.  Adorned with strirated design Fuchi / Kashira and menuki of either catfish or tadpole motif.. The handle wrap is finished in blue silk Ito. There is an iron tsuba that also accentuates the mountings. The Saya is in a Black lacquered finish. This sword perfect for training in Iaido . This blade was made of Tamahagane and using the traditional methods, folded and clay tempered, water quenched. And is a true Japanese sword. This sword is signed: “Bushido - Higo no Kuni Yatsushiro-ju Akamatsu Taro Kanehiro saku” (武士道・肥後國赤松太郎兼祐作) “Jika seitetsu o motte kore o kitau” (以自家製鉄鍛之) - “Forged with home-made steel” “Kinoe-umadoshi hachigatsu kichijitsu” (甲午年八月吉日) - “On a lucky day in August in the year of the horse (2014)” Mei: “Bushido - Higo no Kuni Yatsushiro-ju Akamatsu Taro Kanehiro saku” (武士道・肥後國赤松太郎兼祐作) “Jika seitetsu o motte kore o kitau” (以自家製鉄鍛之) - “Forged with home-made steel” “Kinoe-umadoshi hachigatsu kichijitsu” (甲午年八月吉日) - “On a lucky day in August in the year of the horse (2014)” Nagasa: 29 inches Sori: 16.0 mm Width at the ha-machi: 33.5 mm Width at the yokote: 24.6 mm Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.6 mm Construction: Shinogi zukuri Mune: Iori...
Hôjôji Sadakuni (fss-736)

Hôjôji Sadakuni (fss-736)

Hôjôji Sadakuni (fss-736)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale This is a very interesting katana from the Shinto period which reminds one of the Mino or Bizen tradition of the late koto era. It is in a very nice polish.  The overall sugata of this sword is impressive and the hamon is loaded with activity.  The hamon contains plentiful nie and a gunome / choji midare. Sunagashi, Kinsuji and Ji-nie can be found.  The hada has an itame / mokume mix and with some areas of O- hada mixed in.  The blade has some course areas that are common for swords of this age.  This blade comes with mountings.  The furniture of the koshirae are made of iron and in good condition. The Tsuba is an owari style with gold design and the fuchi and kashira are a matching koi motif and in iron. The tsuba is also iron and pierced as well. The menuki are of seashells. The Sageo and Ito are black and the saya lacquer is finished in red with a swirling style finish. Note the same with gold in the lacquer also. The blade is a  long o-suriage sword and a shinto era piece. The kissaki is longish and ko-maru boshi  not quite kaen. There is a gentle sori. The saya is of a red lacquer and is completely restored to keep the polish of the sword in good condition.  The blade is mumei and the habaki is a gold foil and in an arabesque finish pattern.  This sword is a wonderful package by a great school. Hojoji Sadakuni is listed as a 60 pt. smith in Hawley’s. Mei: Mumei, attributed to Hôjôji Sadakuni Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s) Nagasa: 27-7/8 inches Sori: 6.2 mm Width at the ha-machi: 30.1 mm...
Minamoto Gyôkei (fss-735)

Minamoto Gyôkei (fss-735)

Minamoto Gyôkei (fss-735)   New Item   Available   Sold On Hold Special Sale A tanto in this style is a beautiful example of a modern day smith and in superb condition. This shape was quite often seen from the earliest periods of swordsmithing until the the modern era. Mostly found in larger sizes this tanto and is an extremely rare version that emulates the old style tanto but from the modern period. This Tanto comes in a good  older polish. The hamon is a gunome-midare  with much Ara-nie with many fine activities that changes to sugu-ha. The blade was made in the bizen/mino style as seen in the shinsakuto era . The hada is a ko- masame with itame nagare.  The hamon abounds in sunagashi, kinsugi and ashi with much ji-nie. The gunome mounds have a 3 dimensional effect when viewed in hand. This style of hamon can be seen in the great works of Kane nori and also the Mishina school and others.  The blade is signed and dated and states who the sword was made for. A very nice detail to have provenance on a sword as it was special ordered. The blade is in good honest mounts. It is in an Aikuchi style with a fine nodule same. There is a satsuma red lacquer finish on the saya and fittings. The kodzuka is of a diety in a cave and exceptionally rendered with a kokatana with dragon around ken. Listing in Ôno Tadashi’s Gendai Tôkô Meikan (1971): Taguchi Tsuneo (田口経雄) Gunma Prefecture, Kiryû City, Honmachi 2 chôme 302 Born January 16th 1910 Signed with “Sôryûshi Taguchi Gyôkei” (双龍子田口行慶) and “Minamoto Gyôkei” (源行慶). He took one character of his master Beppu Kôtarô...