Clean Example of an Officer's 1934 Pattern Mounted Shin-Gunto
Year Made: Showa 18 years, 10 moons (October, 1943)
Forging Pattern: none.
Tempering Pattern: none, hamon simulated with finger-stones
Dimensions: Blade Length: 26 inchesNakago: 8 inches 8 mm thick and 31 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Well preserved 1934 pattern shin-gunto mounts, all intact, with matching production numbers on the seppa and tsuba. Ito and samé are in very good condition with normal accumulation of dirt and some corrosion to the brass plating on the menuki. Saya is in excellent shape with no dents and negligible paint loss. The fittings are of above average quality and condition. Habaki is what appears to be brass.
Overall Condition: Good, the sword has some small nicks and small shallow pits and some staining. Most of the simulated hamon can no longer be seen. The very tip of the kissaki is bent over. All in all this is a fine example of a mass produced machine made and "smith" finished blade. The workmanship on the blade is reasonable with good yasurime and a carefully carved mei. Together with the fittings being in excellent shape as well this is a very good example of a real Japanese officer's sword for the collector of miltaria. (note, as it is unknown if such swords were tempered at all, they should never be used to cut anything with,)