Signed WW2 Japanese Naval Officer's Kai Gunto
with Sword Knot (sold)
A sharpened WW2 naval kai gunto katana with sword knot indicating
sword was taken from not surrendered by the Japanese officer.
With a feint anchor stamp for the Imperial Japanese Toyokawa naval
arsenal, this signed Showa navy officer's kai gunto katana comes
with original sword knot which almost certainly means the sword
was taken from an individual Japanese officer rather than it being
an end of war surrender sword (as officers removed their sword knots
before they surrendered their swords after the Japanese capitulation).
The blade has been field sharpened and is still very sharp; I presume
the Japanese officer involved expected he may have to use his sword.
One side of the blade is in virtually original condition, the other
side has more visible sharpening marks. Still, a very nice sword
and very good example of a scarce item, as most of IMperial WW2
Japan's kai guntos ended up at the bottom of the ocean, hence why
naval katanas are much rarer on the market. Further / full sized
images upon request. My item reference number is 720 (290).