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WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto, signed Ietsugu, sold

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.

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Believed based upon our detailed research to be the 2nd generation Ietsugu (1528-1532) F S Rating Chu-jo saku. There were very few smiths called Ietsugu, and even fewer who simply signed their name (all being from the Kaga 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, straight and in original polish but with some scuffing, some staining one side, a tiny nick 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 £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number N84 (1334). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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