SHINGUNTO

KANENAGA

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: KANENAGA

DATE: SHOWA JU SHICHI NEN SAN GATSU

NAGASA:  64.135cm (25.25")

OVERALL:  85.40cm (33.625")

MIHABA:  2.85cm (1.125")

KASANE:  0.63cm (0.25")

SORI:  1.27cm (0.5")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: THREE

YASURIME: O-SUJIKAI

HABAKI: 1 PC. GOLD FOIL

KOSHIRAE: TYPE 98  GUNTO

KANENAGA

SHINGUNTO

This sword was made and signed by Kanenaga, and dated 1942.  I could only find reference to two smiths using the name Kanenaga who used this particular "Kane" character and worked in this time period. One was Monju Kanenaga.  The other whom forged this blade, Seki Kanenaga. real name Amichi Ginjiro.  Born 1884 and died 1958, he worked as a Gunto smith.

This Shin-Gunto is in very good condition, about as good as they come.  While no hataraki to see as in traditionally made swords, the hamon is a typical Mino style, a wavy, semi sanbonsugi.  It has no flaws of any kind, other some light surface scratches and a bit of graying of the steel, typical for a WWII era blade.  The ubu nakago has three(3) mekugi ana, with two of them being lead filled.

Though very difficult to photograph, I have provided abundant photos to see the hamon. I can assure you that due to the difficulty encountered in my attempts to get really good photos, the sword looks 100 times better in hand.

The nearly pristine type 98 Koshirae really is the icing on the cake for this package.  So many of the ones you for sale today are in sad condition with dents, paint scuffed off, etc., etc. This one was immaculately maintained and is a real pleasure to see.  It does have a couple of small spots where the paint was scratched or knocked off and the ito is a bit frayed in 1-2 spots.

This is a great package and would be a wonderful addition to any military collection.

 

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