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East Asia, Japan, World War II era, Type 98, ca. 1938 to 1945 CE. A forged-carbon-steel Gunto type 98 katana, a sword typology developed for use by soldiers in the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The lengthy handle (tsuka) is wrapped with stingray skin (same) and a cherry blossom ornament (menuki) inside cotton straps (tsuka-ito) with a suspension loop piercing the pommel end. An openwork hand guard with four points (aoi gata tsuba) forms a barrier between the handle and the painted iron sheath (saya). The shobu-zukuri blade has a lower ridge line than typical shinogi-zukuri blades, a diamond-shaped (iori-mune) profile, and a lightly curved (chu-kissaki) tip. A gentle wave (notare-hamon) formed by the tight-grained hammer-folding process (itame-hada) runs the length of the blade. Size: 2.875" W x 38.6" H (7.3 cm x 98 cm); (blade): 27.2" L (69.1 cm).

Provenance: private J.H. collection, Beaverton, Oregon, USA

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Handle has damage to base near hand guard, with loosening to cotton wraps, and wooden peg is easily removable and occasionally falls out. Nicks and abrasions to blade, scabbard, and handle, with fading to original pigment of scabbard, and softening to some finer details. Nice patina throughout.

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Japanese Steel, Iron & Brass Gunto Katana - Type 98

Estimate $1,000 - $1,500Dec 05, 2019
Starting Bid $600
Artemis Gallerybadge TOP RATED
Louisville, CO, USA