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Japanese WWII Army Officer’s Kyu Gunto Parade Sword
Slightly curved 29" single-edged blade with full-length single fuller, long unmarked ricasso and false hamon. Cast brass hilt featuring openwork guard and integral knuckle bow attached to the pommel with integral backstrap; decorated ensuite with foliage and Imperial Chrysanthemum. Black leather grip with brass wire wrap (loose). Nickel-plated scabbard with single carrying ring, showing some dents and plating loss from use. Blade very good with no nicks and only a few small stains near the point. Brass with pleasing mellow patina. Overall length 34 3/8", not including scabbard. Patterned after their Western martial counterparts, these Kyu Gunto swords were used for parade and dress events by Army officers and not made using the traditional methods of Japanese swordsmiths.
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