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 stunning example of an August 1944 production Japanese Army Officers Shin Gunto Sword with a company grade officers tassel (Correct for Lt. through Major). It is a signed by Katsumasa who is known to have made medium grade showato. This is a typical wartime gunto blade that has the oil tempered finish and the typical Showa period straight temper line. The length of the blade is 26 inches it is very sharp, is 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 with out the need for sharpening. This is a really mint condition sword still with almost all of the gilt the gilt on the mountings.
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.