WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto with
In very good condition, an Imperial Japanese army officer's shin
gunto complete with tassel / knot, blade signed Ido Hidetoshi.
The saya (scabbard) is a replacement (the original leather had
perished, so I had it replaced), the rest is 100% period and authentic.
Getting a shin gunto with a tassel / knot is very good because this
means the sword was taken off an individual Japanese officer, not
at some surrender ceremony, not from a warehouse of surrendered
weapons. This is because Japanese officers removed the sword knots
before surrendering if they could. I have not aged the leather saya
(the wooden base is original / authentic); I have left that decision
to the next owner.
The hamon appears to have nioi, a cloudy white line border indicating
the blade in gendaito, though the tang has a Showa stamp, so this
diminishes the chances. However, there were several levels between
traditional made Gendaito and machine made stainless steel blades,
so this clearly is a rung above the rest at worst. The 25 3/4 inch
blade is in good order, but slightly aged with some small patina
patches, and a tiny nick to the cutting edge (not fatal). The rayskin
under the hilt bindings is dry and has shrunk a little, not too
much. The menuki peg is deterioration but they are very easy to
replace with the tip of an artist's paint brush; I have not replaced
it only because many people want as much of the original as possible.
The blade mei reads "Noshu Ju Ido Hidetoshi Saku Kore".
A very good sword bearing in mind the signature and knot / tassel
provenance, well worth the price. Further / full sized images upon
request. My item reference number is 949.