WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto with
combat covers, For Sale
In overall good but aged condition, a WW2 Japanese Army Officer's
Shin Gunto in full leather combat covers, with Gendaito characteristics
and some history.
This is one of two shin guntos bought back from Burma by Rifles
officer Maj. John Campbell. His family say one of them he took from
a captured Japanese officer who was about to commit Seppuku (harikari)
with his sword, but Major Campbell prevented it. The two swords
came to the UK, were put in his attic and stayed there until his
family cleared the home after his death. When we took the leather
hilt cover off, the leather cord just disintegrated. We have enriched
the covers with leather balsam and cleaned the fittings up a little.
The blade is in such excellent condition because Major Campbell
well and truly greased the blade. The unsigned blade has some distinct
Gendaito qualities, but we can not guarantee it. There is a mon
affixed to the pommel but the Japanese officer obliterated it to
preserve some family honour. See
the other sword here.
The 27 1/4 inch nagasa (cutting edge section) blade is in very
good condition, with a couple of period nicks, and os firm in the
hilt. The hilt is good but the silk bindings are going in a couple
of places; there is period silk thread around some of the hilt,
so the wear is period and the Japanese officer clearly effected
these repairs. The sword sheathes and draws very well and the locking
mechanism works. The leather covered saya / scabbard is good. The
tsuka (hilt) cover is not bad but the leather bindings are gone.
Come on, what a great sword and with history. Grab it quick, £1150.
Please quote item reference S47. Further / full sized images available
upon request. Tube 0655-105x16 (2.994).
NB: If required, we can point you to a refurbisher that can replace
the grip bindings for under £100. But we very much like it
the way it is. As for the leather combat grip cover tie cord, simple
leather cord / laces is / are all that is required to replace the
Below; Maj. John Campbell while serving in Burma.