This is a Shin Gunt Type 98 sword. I have done as much research on this sword as I could and have it listed below.If you would like more pictures please message me. I wanted to add about 20. Please also note all measurements were measured with a tape measurer and are approximate. It is a Japanese officers sword that was made and used during the WWII era. Iyo Province (present-day Ehime Prefecture). When it was made: October, 1942. Is the Army Arsenal Kokura First Factory inspection mark; unsure about. The star stamp on the omote is a Rikugun Jumei Tosho. The stamp means the maker (Hiromasa) was an army approved smith and was allotted tamahagane, as well as other materials to make the swords. The star stamp indicates the blade to be army certified, traditionally made, and to have. Met the specifications of the RJT program. The fuchi, seppas, and tsuba all have matching numbers stamped on them. The blade was forged by one of the most famous and well documented Showa period sword smiths Hiromasa.
His real name is Torio Kamematsu, and was born in 1908 in Ehime prefecture. He was a student of the master Yoshimune Takahashi, brother of the first Living National Treasure smith Takahashi Sadatsugu. Swordsmiths in the same circle as Taira Sadashige.
At the age of 35, Hiromasa was designated an Army sword smith and instructor having four students working under him. He was very good at the Choji-midare (clove-outline) of Bizen-school and one of the most skillful craftsmen in the Showa era. He won many awards including a gold medal at the Showa-to exhibition, the Rikugun Daijin sho (army minister award) and several prime minister awards (These were reserved for only the most exulted of sword makers, normally those with political connections). He is listed in the "World War II Japanese Swordsmiths Ranking Chart" and was recognized as one of the First Class Outstanding Swordsmiths of Japan at the "New Sword Exhibition" in 1941. His existing works are comparatively few since he died when he was only 45 years old, in 1953.Finding his signature with the star stamp and mune (spine) stamp is especially rare and collectable. It was smithed in Iyo Province. An old province of Japan in the same area that is today known as Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku. It was sometimes called Yosh. What was happening October, 1942 while Hiromasa smithed this blade. Australian commandos executed the Raid on Mubo in New Guinea. The second Actions along the Matanikau began along the Matanikau River on Guadalcanal. The battle ended in American victory. The Battle of Cape Esperance began off Cape Esperance, Guadalcanal. The Battle of Cape Esperance ended in American victory. The Japanese battleships Kong and Haruna bombarded U. Marine positions on Guadalcanal for 90 minutes, causing heavy damage. The Japanese heavy cruisers Chokai and Kinugasa bombarded Guadalcanal to cover the movement of Japanese ships. The American destroyer USS Meridith was sunk by Japanese aircraft off Guadalcanal. The Battle of Goodenough Island began. The Battle of Goodenough Island ended in Australian victory.
The Battle for Henderson Field began on Guadalcanal. The Battle for Henderson Field ended in an American victory. 20,000 / 2,2003,000. August 7, 1942 - February 9, 1943.USA Strength / Casualties / Captured. 60,000 / 7,100 / 4. Japanese Strength Casualties / Captured. 36,200 / 19,200 / 1,000. A couple of small things missing including seppa and spring clip. There is a chip on the blade near the kissaki. The entire sword including the blade is not in perfect condition but in overall good shape for being almost 80 years old.
Again for MORE PICTURES or information PLEASE MESSAGE ME! Dai Nihon Token Shoko Meikan (Page 126). RIKUGUN JUMEI TOSHO - ARMY APPROVED SWORDSMITHS. NTT - NTS GENDAI SWORDSMITH RANK.
, he worked as a rikugun-jumei-tosho and died 1953 at the age of 45, kihin no retsu (Akihide), First Seat at the 6th Shinsaku Nihonto Denrankai. The item "Shin Gunto Type 98 WW2 Japanese Officer Sword Signed Hiromasa Star Stamp" is in sale since Thursday, February 20, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Japan\Edged Weapons". The seller is "stonebrooks24" and is located in Folsom, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.