This is an accurate and fully functional reproduction of a WW2 Gunto Japanese Officer Sword made through traditional Japanese forging methods. Towards the end of the samurai era in Japan (1860s), the government started conscripting people to join their military. The shin gunto sword was a standard piece of equipment issued to all conscripts.
The Type 98 was a later model of the gunto sword that was disseminated in 1938. The most notable difference between this type and older models is that the second hanging point was removed from the scabbard. Due to metal shortages in Japan, these swords also had wooden scabbards and no ornamentation.
Shin Gunto Sword Features
This WW2 Japanese sword is a full tang, clay tempered piece with a polished mirror-like surface. It can cut through wood and bamboo and can be used for practice and training in the dojo. Some other important features of this historical replica include:
Blade Length: 27.9"
Handle Length: 10.6"
Overall Length: 40.9"
Width Near Handle: 1.24"
Thickness Near Handle: 0.30"
Point of Balance: 4" from tsuba
Weight (Without Saya): 2.2 lbs
Spine Hardness (HRC): 53
Cutting Edge Hardness (HRC): 60
Each sword is fully handmade from the ground up, so no two blades will be exactly alike. Explore Japanese officer swords for sale and browse our entire collection of Japanese swords when you shop online today.
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