Japanese Army Officer's Gendaito Shin Gunto,
Chounsai Emura, Sold
In good condition, a true gendaito Japanese army officer's shin
gunto, made by Chounsai Emura.
You can read
about Chounsai Emura here. The blade was made by him, not one
of his students as the term "Bishu" is missing from the
mei (signature). The blade is good but in poor polish, though the
hamon is just about visible. Emura blades have received Hozon origami
from the NBTHK in Japan. Emura blades have also received Shinteisho
and Kanteisho origami from the NTHK.
The 25 inch Nagasa (cutting edge section) blade is in good condition,
a couple of very, very small nicks towards the kissaki (point),
but these are minor. The fittings generally good but the locking
pin mechanism, although it looks like it should locate and hold
the saya (scabbard) doesn't, and a couple of the fittings are a
little loose. The sword sheathes and draws well.
This is a very popular Gendaito smith with collectors and our price
of £? (too late, now sold) is way under normal market / sales
value. Please quote item reference P71 (0235). Further / full sized
images upon request.