WW2 Japanese Copper Hilted NCO's Shin Gunto,
officer's blade, for sale
In overall good condition, a rare unusual WW2 Japanese Copper
Hilted NCO's Shin Gunto with officer's blade.
A very rare and unusual shin gunto. The hilt is a 100% authentic
copper NCO's tsuka, but later fitted with an officer's blade, signed
Hayakawa Kaneyuki saku, who was a rare smith to say the least. Of
course, the hilt / tsuba and blade / saya could be a post-war marriage,
but everything about this says not (wooden mekugi peg has age, leather
fastener strap and leather saya have both shrunk from age to be
a little too far apart to clip together); this really does look
like a period NCO's enhancement. And, anyway, no-one in their right
mind would cannibalize such a rare NCO's copper hilt onto such a
rare smith's blade. Speculation abounds regarding its history; the
vendor to us says it is believed untouched since the end of WW2.
IN any event, you will not likely find another
The 24 3/4 inch blade is overall good with hamon visible, but
with scuffs and a couple of patina / inert rust patches. The overall
sword is in good condition. The leather covered wood scabbard is
good; a little shrinkage from age. The sword sheathes and draws
The tsuka alone is worth over £250, and with a rare smith
/ unique composition, it is an absolute bargain at just £950.
Please quote item reference number AD18. Further / full sized pictures
available upon request. Box 0421-1m (2.143).