WW2 Ikeda Yasumitsu (Yasukuni Shrine) Shin
A Yasukuni Shrine high ranking Japanese army officer's WW2 shin
gunto by Ikeda Yasumitsu.
Yes, there are a good number of reproduction Yasukuni Shrine blades
on the market, but this one made by Ikeda Yasumitsu is clearly authentic
as it came to me in its original WW2 military mounts, complete with
senior officer's (major's or colonel's) sword tassel / knot and
family mon. As you can see, the tsuka silk bindings have broken
in places and come loose, plus the menuki is missing; I would normally
have these replaced but, given the next owner might prefer to do
this themselves / keep the original bindings, while others may only
be interested in the blade (the shin gunto furniture merely authenticating
the blade), I have left it as is. As you can also see, the shin
gunto comes with a full set of authentic seppa (all marked "1")
The hatawrai (sword blade length) is just over 26 inches long.
The blade is in overall very good order and original polish. Some
small nicks, some other marks, some sheathing marks, some surface
scratching; nothing serious. The bulbous end of the retaining spring
clip is missing and the koiguchi is slightly damaged, so it is clear
someone tried / managed to pull the sword out of the tsuba without
using the release button at one time. Irrespective, a very good
blade together with good shin gunto furniture makes this a very
desirable item. Additional / full sized images available upon request.
My item reference number is 534.