WW2 Kai Gunto with Same Shark Skin Zaya
Signature: Ban Shu Himeji Ju MoriTaka Kio NagaSakuYear Made: Circa 1940s
Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Gunome Midare
Dimensions: Blade Length: 31 15/16", Nagasa: 23 11/16", Mihaba: 1 1/4", Sakihaba: 7/8", Kasane: 1/4", Sori: 11/16"
Mountings: World War II Navy mounts with what looks like a shark skin covered saya. The habaki is one piece brass.
Overall Condition: The blade has quite a bit of surface rust that can be seen in the pictures, but there does not appear to be any problems that a good polish will not remove. The temper line is bright and runs the full length of the nagasa. When polished, a lot of activity will be seen. The boshi has lost about a 1/31" but this will also disappear in a new polish. The koshirae is somewhat rough condition. The pictures pretty much tell the story. There is no major damage to the saya. A set screw in one of the hangers is missing and someone has glued it to the saya in the wrong place. Most of the patina has corroded off the metal fittings but otherwise they are in good condition. The ito is still in one piece and in relatively good condition but it and the same has sunk back from the fuchi.