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WORLD WAR TWO JAPANESE TYPE 95 NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS SWORD - SHIN-GUNTO – A VERY NICE SPECIMEN:  This World War Two Japanese Type 95 Non Commissioned Officer’s Sword – “Shin-Gunto” was acquired from a World War Two veteran’s estate and has survived in very nice condition.    

From all appearances, this sword presents in its original configuration as it was manufactured and is not a cobbled together piece assembled from post-war surplus parts.  Based on the information I have been able to find, the characteristics of this sword indicate it was produced prior to 1941. 

The grip is made of aluminum with the cast-in lacing painted with the correct original brown lacquer.  There is some minor wear to the high points of the lacing pattern, but overall the great majority of the brown lacquer is intact.  The spring latch set in the top of the grip which secures the sword in the scabbard is present and fully functional. 

The brass throat or “fuchi” at the base of the grip is legibly stamped with the three maker stamps – read from left to right with the blade pointing down – “Iijima”, the group within the arsenal which produced this sword, “Tokyo First Arsenal” where this sword was produced, and “Kokura Arsenal” which administered the program under which the Type 95 swords were produced.  All three stamps are fully legible.    

The blade is overall very bright, with only minor spots of frosting to the original polish and some limited sharpening to the upper 25% of the right side.  There is no pitting or darkening to the surfaces and no nicks or dings in the edge.  The serial numbers and the Tokyo First Arsenal stamp adjacent to the number on the blade are both very legible, and the serial numbers on the blade and on the throat of the scabbard are matching.   

The brass guard and blade throat have a nice naturally aged patina and both are full form with no damage or misshaping. 

The scabbard retains the majority of the khaki (also described as brown) paint, with normal wear that one associates with that occurring from use in the field.  The scabbard is full form with no dents or misshaping and the hanger ring is present. 

This is a very nice example of the Type 95 Non Commissioned Officers Sword and it will be a pleasure to own.  (0306)  $1250



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