Gunto is the name of the Japanese military sword. At the end of the 19th century the design was based on the French military saber. In order to inspire the spirit of the samurai honor codex (bushido) in the troops, it was decided in 1934 to use a katana like look. The swords of the common soldiers were factory-made and therefore of simple quality. In contrast, the swords of high-ranking officers were equipped with traditional blades inherited within their families. The colours of the sageo indicated the rank of the officer. In contrast to the katana, the gunto’s sageo was attached to the end of the handle.
The John Lee Gunto has the colors of a captain.
- sharp blade made of 1095 carbon steel
- Shinogi zukuri style blade
- Differential heat-treatment with clay cover, 60 HRC on the edge and 40 HRC on the back of the blade
- Traditional wooden handle with inlay made of real ray skin and a butt cap.
- Hineri maki style handle wrap made of brown cotton
- Brown-painted wooden sheath
-High quality, 2-colour sageo.
- Delivered in a beautiful collector’s box.
- Made after historical examples.
Blade Material: 1095 Carbon Steel
Handle Material: Wood / Ray Skin / Cotton
Handle Length: 29,5 cm
Blade Length: 72,5 cm
Overall Length (without sheath): 103 cm
Weight (without sheath): 1150 g