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As Gunto is called the Japanese military sword. End of the 19th century, the design was inspired by the French military saber. In order to bring closer the troops the spirit of the samurai code of honor (Bushido), it was decided from 1934 for one, is leaning against the Katana appearance. The swords of common soldiers were usually manufactured industrially and therefore were of basic quality. In contrast, the high-ranking military swords were often equipped with traditional blades from the family heritage. The rank of an officer could be seen in the colors of Sageos. In contrast to the Katana sageo was mounted on the handle end of the Gunto. This John Lee Gunto has colors corresponding with the captain rank.
Sharp, hand forged blade of 1045 carbon steel (not stainless).
In the case of hand-forged blades, our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it by hand on the anvil or under the drop hammer. The steel gets more solid (denser) by forging. In the case of industrially rolled spring steel blades, the sheets of steel plate is cut to strips under drop snips, then ground or milled and immediately forged into the annealing furnace and oil-quenched. The properties of both kinds of steels are not very different, since industrial rolling is already very good! On forged blades are usually blacksmith marks, which give them an authentic and unique look.