This is a Japanese army officer`s sword in type 98 mountings. The blade is signed Kiyonobu..
WWll time period made blade. Kiyonobu's real name is Nagamura Matsuichi, was born in 1900 in Kamo-gun, Gifu prefecture, listed in John Slough's book as Rikugun Jumei tosho in page 85.The blade is in old polish, shows aged light stain on surface but no rust and in superb condition. There is no bend, no nicks, no crack and cutting edge is sharp. The scabbard is metal scabbard, shows aged normal lacquer loss, small dents, but no crack, no bend and in good condition.
The handle is tight fit, tsuka-ito wrapping is no loose, no cut and in good condition. The lock mechanism works fine.
A GREAT FIND AND A RARE GENDAITO SMITH. HE IS ALSO LISTED IN "HAWLEY'S UNDER KIY-364,365" AND THE'NIHONTO MEIKAN NMK-218. The item "WWII Imperial Japan Shin Gunto Samurai Katana signed Kiyonobu" is in sale since Monday, February 8, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Japan\Edged Weapons".The seller is "zilvra10" and is located in Chicago, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States.