This Mumei (unsigned) WWII / Showa era shinogi-zukuri wakizashi measuring 23 5/8" in length and 1 1/8" width at the habaki, is outfitted in Gunzokuto (civilian under military authority) koshirae (mountings). As an expedient to supplement the ever decreasing number of swords able to be produced by the arsenals, Civil blades and mounts were often pressed into service.
This saya (scabbard) is black lacquered wood reinforced with a cane or rattan wrap at the lower end and was originally covered with a leather combat cover. This leather cover has been lost to time. The Gunto ashi is original to this mounting and remains in place as it was originally beneath the leather combat cover.
The tsuka is wrapped (looks to be a re-wrap & extremely well done) in coarse black ito over same (natural as opposed to synthetic) with period stamped steel menuki found on many Gunzoku-to, especially in the later war. A fierce dragon embellishes one side and a kabuto (helmet) the other. The wrap is Katate style found on many late war swords as it was not only practical, but also took much less time to execute. The kabutogane (end cap) is of simple sturdy steel as is the fuchi (retention ring adjacent to tsuba).
The tsuba (guard) is patinated brass with a worn figural motif and finely raised rim.The size of this tsuba is rather smallish, which reduced being an impediment when unsheathing the sword and so, by the soldier wearing it.
The habaki (blade collar) is of copper, fitting the blade well as is the norm for standard Gunto workmanship. The blade is clean, but has faint staining and is sharp with good blade geometry, the kind found on earlier made swords. Both hada (grain) and hamon are obscured. The 7" long nakago is unsigned with age appropriate patina. Offered as a Showato or WWII military sword of non traditional manufacture, usually oil quenched.
A good solid example of a military sword in civilian mounts. This piece shows its bumps and bruises, but is a genuine wartime piece and is priced accordingly.