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KOA ISSHIN MANTETSU KATANA

TYPE 94 SHIN-GUNTO KOSHIRAE

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: KOA ISSHIN MANTETSU KIN SAKU

DATE: SHOWA MIZUNOE UME HARU  (1942)

NAGASA:  66.68cm (26.25")

OVERALL: 87.15 cm (34.3125")

MIHABA:  3.18cm (1.25")

KASANE:  0.63cm (0.25")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME:  KEISHO

MUNE: IORI

HABAKI:  ONE PIECE GOLD FOILED COPPER

KOSHIRAE - TYPE 94 SHIN-GUNTO

Offering the ever more popular Koa Isshin Mantetsu sword.  The sword is the standard production of the Manchurian Railway Co. which began production in 1939. 

* For everything you want to know about Mantetsu Blades see this article:  http://ohmura-study.net/998.html

This particular sword was produced and dated 1942. It is dated in the Kanshi or Zodiac system of dating used on these swords.  The Kanshi is an ancient system which began around 1100 BC. The system utilizes astronomy, cosmology, and divination within a 60 year cycle of dating.

This sword is in good condition with no major flaws in either the blade or koshirae.  The blade does have a few surface scratches, a few tarnished spots. An area on either side of the blade in the shinogi right above the habaki has a scratched area seen inn the photos.  Can't pinpoint the cause, but suspect there was some rust there and someone prior to myself used the old copper coin trick to remove it.  Some years back this was a common treatment for removing rust without a trace. Uh, yeah, no! It may have removed rust, but it left scratches as you can see.  The good news is that there is no real damage caused.  No chips, bends, haigire, or anything fatal whatsoever. The sarute is missing.  Considering it is in it's original 70+ year old polish it looks great.  It is still Ububa as shown in above photos.  The spine number "Ra" 1356.

The Koshirae has no dents or dings at all and is in great condition with only a few areas where the paint has been discolored.  There was old tape on the koshirae and I suspect it caused this discoloration.

This is as nice a Mantetsu sword and the Koshirae is better than many.

 

 

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