This is a Japanese Army officer`s sword in mountings. The blade is signed "Naniwa ju Gassan Sadakatsu kinsaku kao ", dated Showa Juichi-nen Ju-gatsu kichi-jitsu lucky day Dec. 1937 , shinogi-zukuri shape, before China war time period made blade. Sadakatsu`s real name is Gassan Eitaro, he was born in 1869 in Osaka as a son of 1st generation Sadakzu, listed in John Slough`s book page 140, 141 and rated 3 Million yen smith. The blade is in old full polish, no rust, no stain and in mint condition.
The temper line is attractive. Active temper pattern and has deep turn back temper at the point. The forging grain is clearly visible, wavy.
Throughout the blade, no opening, no blister and no forging flaws. There is no bend, no nick, no crack and cutting edge is sharp. The scabbard is glossy lacquered heavy metal scabbard, shows aged lacquer loss, tiny dent but no bend and in good condition. Handle is tight fit with silver paulownia leaf motif family. Wrapping is no cut, no loose and in good condition.With matching no number stamped. It measures 27+1/16" tip to the guard, 26+1/4" cutting edge, 1+3/16" width, 6.5mm thickness at the notch, 1" curvature and 39+1/2 in mountings.
The item "Japanese WWll Army officer's sword in mountings Gassan Sadakatsu, mon, mint" is in sale since Monday, April 27, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Japan\Edged Weapons". The seller is "showa22" and is located in Sacramento, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.