WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto, signed
Ietsugu, for sale
In good to very good condition, with original polish, a Hashizume
school (Kaga Province) blade by Ietsugu, Kyoroku era (Sengoku period),
mounted in a WW2 Japanese army officer's shin gunto.
Believed based upon our detailed research to be the 2nd generation
(1528-1532) F S Rating Chu-jo saku. There were very few smiths
and even fewer who simply signed their name (all being from the
Province Hashizume school). The hamon on this blade is a close
match to a NBTHK
Hozon certified example of his work. This is a high quality
blade and whichever Ietsugu made it, the price we are selling it
for is fully justified if not a bargain.
The 26 5/8 inch cutting edge (Nagasa) blade is overall in very
good condition and in original polish but with some scuffing, some
staining one side and one tiny black spot (could be old inert black
rust spot) / fukure to the cutting edge near the habaki. The mountings
/ koshirae are generally very good. The rayskin / same is in very
good shape. The leather on the saya / scabbard has shrunk, so the
fastener from the fuchi / tuska no longer pops on into place. But
the sword sheathes and draws very well.
A lovely shin gunto with a 500 year old or older Sengoku period
blade, yours for £2250. Please quote item reference number
N84. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Box 1334-1m