Finding nice WW2 Japanese Army officers swords is not easy because so often over the years they were played with by kids and the blade often get nicked up or worse. This is a very fine example of a 1943 production Japanese Army Officers Shin Gunto Sword. It has a signed Gunto blade (Nagayoshi) that has the oil tempered finish and the typical Showa era straight temper line (most of the war time era temper lines are straight) The length of the blade is 26 inches and it is very sharp and in very high polish and has no nicks. This is very much a top condition very attractive looking blade. We guarantee that it is good for at least 5 beheadings without the need for sharpening. This is a really nice condition sword still with a lot the gilt finish on the mountings. The maker Nagayoshi was not a complete schmuck, he won 4th seat during the 6th exhibition of newly made swords in 1942.
The Japanese “Samurai Sword” was one of the most iconic weapons of the Pacific Theater and it was certainly the most sought after War Trophy that you could bring home from Island battlefields. This very fine Sword exemplifies the revivalist Japanese Samurai ethos that was very much in evidence in the Japanese Army of the time. The value that they placed on the Sword makes its capture and symbolism even more poignant as a triumph of Democracy over Hegemony.