1943 Japanese Sword WW2

WW2 Japanese Officer’s Katana.

Captured by an Australian Soldier and brought back to Western Australia.

Chrysanthemum Pattern on Blade Handle. Ray Skin (Samegawa) Handle.

Standard Brown Cover.

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Type 98 Shin Gunto (Japanese WWII Officer’s Katana)

More than just a weapon, this Katana is a work of art, an embodiment of Japanese culture and heritage. The chrysanthemum, a symbol of the imperial family, marks this sword as a treasure of significant cultural value.

The intricate details of the hilt, adorned with chrysanthemum motifs and wrapped in ray skin, speak of the meticulous care and dedication poured into its creation.


  • Type: Military sword, specifically a Type 98 Shin Gunto (New Army Sword), a standard-issue weapon for Japanese officers during WWII.
  • Origin: Papua New Guinea, likely captured during the Pacific War and brought to Western Australia.
  • Condition: Good, with a visible patina on the metal fittings and some wear on the leather scabbard and hilt wrap.

Blade (Nagasa)

Traditional Japanese sword blade, likely made of carbon steel, with a visible curvature (sori).

Hilt (Tsuka)

  • Hilt Wrap (Samegawa): The hilt is wrapped in Samegawa, a traditional Japanese ray skin, prized for its durability and grip, in turn covered by (Ito) a silk wrapping, brown in colour.
  • Hilt Fittings (Fuchi/Kashira): Metal fittings at the top and bottom of the hilt, made of brass with chrysanthemum decorations.

Scabbard (Saya)

  • Material: Wood covered, with a metal chape (kojiri) at the tip and a metal throat (koiguchi) at the top.

This rare opportunity to acquire a piece of history is not to be missed. Invest in an heirloom that will be cherished for generations to come.

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