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WWII, Imperial Japan Army Officers Wartime GUNTO Sword, Type 3, Signed

WWII, Imperial Japan Army Officers Wartime GUNTO Sword, Type 3, Signed

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1940: Item # 1449098

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This is a super-clean, excellent example of an Imperial Japan, Military, Type Gunto 1943, or better known as Type 3. It dates back to Word War II, when it was developed as an improvement over the Type 98 sword. It is mounted on a beautiful, heavy, very clean blade, in excellent condition, with a cutting edge that measures 27 inches. It displays a straight hamon and it is very sharp. The tang has two holes to strengthen the grip of the sword, and it is stamped with Kanji characters on both sides of the nakago to record the name of its swordsmith (I can't make out what it says - see photos #4 & 5), and some arsenal markings painted in white on the left side. The Tsuka is covered with ray skin and fitted with very tight wrappings. It has a simple iron tsuba, and a couple of seppa. The locking mechanism works well. The iron scabbard is also in excellent condition with about 95 percent of its original arsenal olive green paint, without any dings or dents, and only a few stains from use.

Blade Length (Cutting Edge): 27 inches

Full length (with mountings): 39 inches

Motokasane: 7.62mm

Weight (Blade only): 850 grams (1lb 14oz)