Ryujin Swords

Mumei gendaito in scarce 1914 pattern commissioned officer's kyo-gunto koshirae with mon

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Period: Taisho.

Mei: Mumei.

Sugata: Shinogi-zukuri, tori-zori, iori-mune. Bo-hi hisaki agari and marudome.

Overall length: 31.93 inches (811.00 mm).

Nagasa: 25.91 inches (658.00 mm).

Nakago: Ubu, 6.02 inches (153.00 mm). Katte sagari yasurime, ha agari kurijiri, one mekugi-ana.

Kissaki: Chu-kissaki, 0.84 inches (21.40 mm). O-maru boshi.

Moto-haba: 0.94 inches (23.90 mm). Saki-haba: 0.62 inches (15.80 mm). Moto-gasane: 0.26 inches (6.70 mm). Saki-gasane: 0.20 inches (5.20 mm).

Sori: 0.74 inches (18.70 mm).

Hamon: Gunome.

Hada: None observed, but the sword is out of polish.

Blade condition: Out of polish and some rust. However, no ware or fatal flaws. See pictures.


A scarce 1914 patterned commissioned officer's naval kyo-gunto with a traditionally made blade. Kyo-gunto blades in this era were, according to Fuller & Gregory, either ancestral blades or gendaito. This is a gendaito.

The pattern is identical to that of its 1883 predecessor. All hilt and scabbard mounts are of gilded brass. The obverse guard is solid and decorated externally with raised sakura (cherry blossom) and leaves. Scabbard retentionn is by means of a small downward-folding rear guard which engages with a raised stud on the upper scabbard locket. The backstrap is plain except for an upper panel of a sakura with four radiating leaves and a raised sakura on the pommel.

The tsuka is covered with white same with intermittent brass wire binding. It is secured to the nakago by a removable polished horn peg. The saya is covered with black lacquered shagreen and has three mounts decorated ensuite with sakura and radiating leaves in relief.

The hawk feather mon indicates the Zakoiji clan. Interestingly this mon was used by the famous Otani Yoshitsugu, who committed seppuku at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600.