~ WW2 Hand Made Japanese Officer’s Katana Sword ~
This in one of the few privately made WW2 Japanese officer’s swords.
The tang is signed.
The sword comes with the military khaki painted steel scabbard.
The blade is made in the ‘shinogi-kukuri’ pattern.
Its mune (blade back) is shaped in the 'Ihori' style and its kissaki (point) is ‘o’ (long).
The boshi (sword tip) hamon is omaru (large circle).
The hamon is shaped in the ‘Togari’ (pointed) pattern.
The swords fittings are made of brass and gilded copper and decorated with cherry blossom flowers.
The habaki (blade locket/ferrule) is made of copper.
The brass tsuba (guard) is decorated with cherry flowers.
There are seven seppa (spacers), four on the blade side and three on the other side.
The fushi (sleeve) is made of copper.
The tsuka (grip) is made of bamboo covered with white rayskin and brown coloured woven silk. The menuki (ornaments) are in the form of cherry blossom.
The tang nakako (shape) is futsu with a nakago-jiri (tang’s tip) shaped in the haagari pattern with sujikai yasurime (kesho tang file marks).
The saya (scabbard) is made of khaki brown painted steel fitted with one kurikata (knob/suspension ring.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade length is 26 ½ inches (67.5 cm) and the sword overall length is 37 inches (94 cm). The sword in its scabbard length is 40.35 inches (102.5 cm). The complete weight is 1.65 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The blade is in fair condition for its age with some amount of pitting on its edge towards the tip.
The hamon is visible on most of its length.
The signatures are clearly visible too, as seen in the pictures.
The woven silk has the expected wear.
All its fittings are in good condition with minimal wear and minor loss of gilt.
The scabbard aged but its overall condition is good..
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £20 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.