From the team behind Ryujin Swords, we are pleased to announce that two extremely popular low cost but great quality swords have just arrived back in stock..
First up, the stunning and ornate Yong Lo sword – a replica that looks like it should be one of the $1000+ swords from our Forge Direct line, but is just $174.99 – and is no toothless tiger, with a double fullered 1060 Carbon steel monotempered blade..
The Yong Lo Jian – $174.99
And just in case you are wondering if it really is ‘all that’ or if it somehow seems too good to be true, here is a review submitted by one of our customers who purchased it the first time it came out..
And the second sword, a faithful recreation of a Gunto 98 WWII Japanese Officers sword in differentially hardened T10 tool steel – a STEAL at just $199.99…
Both of these and more are available in the HOT SPECIALS section of our site – and at these prices, for this level of quality, they surely wont be there for long..
Note on the Gunto 98
Our version looks pretty similar to how the original looked 80 years ago..
For comparisons sake, here are some pictures of an original antique type 98 sword that was made sometime around 1938 and the SBG Gunto via Ryujin Swords.
First a quick comparison of the hilt – it’s pretty close – the original ito has darkened with time and the rayskin yellowed. The mekugi peg of the original is also on the same spot of the tsuka even..!
See how you go, it’s almost like a game of ‘spot the differences’..(I can only actually only spot TWO real differences, how about you?)
A shame the original photo did not show the fuchi which is obscured in shadow, but you can look for more pictures of type 98 gunto online to see what these military issue swords looked like first hand.
Next picture shows both full length side by side – note that the original color of the saya on the original was once army green too, but time has taken it’s toll on both blade and fittings, turning the saya whitish in color and darkening the color of the fittings. But look closely and you will see the blades are almost the same length..
Same length blade and handle – it’s a very accurate replica..
Looking around online, most other Gunto are around $450 or so, and normally a fair price would be $329.99 – but while stocks last this functional replica T10 tool steel blade with real hamon can be yours for just $199.99..
In the meantime, here are a few quick high resolution pics of the original again which was submitted to SBG by a visitor to the forums looking to identify what they actually had..
And just for fun, if you want to learn how to actually antique it to make it look more like the original, check out this new article on SBG ‘How to Patina a Sword’
For a quick and – as always – overly simplistic explanation about Shin Gunto Type 98 Swords Wikipedia has at least a sketetal outline:
Shin gunto with leather combat cover
The Shin guntō (新軍刀, new military sword) was a weapon and symbol of rank used by the Imperial Japanese Army between the years of 1935 and 1945. During most of that period, the swords were manufactured at the Toyokawa Naval Arsenal. In response to rising nationalism within the armed forces, a new style of sword was designed for the Japanese military in 1934. The shin guntō was styled after a traditional slung tachi of the Kamakura Period (1185-1332). Officers’ ranks were symbolized by coloured tassels tied to a loop at the end of the hilt. The corresponding colors were brown-red and gold for generals; brown and red for field officers; brown and blue for company or warrant officers; brown for sergeants, sergeant majors or corporals. The blades found in shin guntō ranged from modern machine made blades through contemporary traditionally manufactured blade to ancestral blades dating back hundreds of years.
The change to the Type 98 shin guntō (九八式軍刀 kyūhachi-shiki guntō) occurred in 1938 and was essentially a simplification of the Type 94. There were only minor differences between early Type 98 swords and the Type 94 swords that preceded them. Most notably the second (removable) hanging point was omitted from the scabbard.
Many changes occurred to the Type 98 between 1938 and the end of the war in 1945. Late in the war Japan’s supply of metal was drying up and shin guntō were produced with painted wooden scabbards, and with cheaper or no brass ornamentation. Some of the final swords produced in the last year of the war utilized cheap copper or blackened iron fittings.