Extremely rare Japanese Chokunin Diplomat sword in Chokunin Grade which according to Fuller and Gregory's book, Japanese Military and Civil Swords and Dirks means this sword was given to an appointment personally approved by the Emperor of Japan (pg. 162)!
There are 2 versions of this sword which are the Sonin and Chokunin, which the Sonin being the junior grade.
Both grades are considered to be Rare. The difference in grades are the kiri flower on the guard with the Chokunin grade having the 5:7:5 flower design. The Chokunin grade wire binding are also in gold while the Sonin grade are gilded in silver.
The sword measures a total of 32 inches long with a blade length of 22 1/2 inches. The blade is in good condition with most of it's chrome still in good condition and some fine acid etching also in the 5:7:5 flower design.
The hand guard is maker marked.
Chokunin diplomats were appointed by the emperor and the junior sonin was standard appointment. Over the years, some sonin grade swords have appeared on the market.
One Chokunin diplomatic Corps sword similar to this example is recently found in Jarkata, Indonesia and its owner is asking millions of dollars for it.
Price : NOT FOR SALE