Considered the “last” in developed Samurai Swords, The Gunto dates to the mid-18th Century. Built for the growing Imperial Army and Naval Forces, The Gunto Sword was one of the first “mass produced” swords (deviating from the traditional swordmaking techniques). The traditional Katana was done away with (mostly). A required piece of personal equipment for all Japanese Officers in World War II, The Gunto Sword had variations in handle and scabbard designs. There were at least 5 Gunto Sword Classifications from 1868 to 1945. A standardized blade length ranged from 24 to 30 inches. Gunto's were the single most common “war trophy” brought home my American Servicemen fro Pacific Service in World War II.