Rare 1938 Model Imperial Japanese NCO's Shin
Complete with original sword knot, this is a very rare 1938 model
IMperial Japanese NCO's shin gunto with unusual menuki similar to
that of Imperial Household staff.
Please see page 78 of Richard Fuller and Ron Gregory's reference
book "Japanese Military and Civil Sword and Dirks", referring
to "Swords of Imperial Japan 1868-1945; this sword is so rare
even Mr. Fuller and Gregory never saw / handled one themselves.
The NCO version, first appearing in May 1938, which later was adopted
as the late war 1944 / 1945 officer's sword. The menuki is different
to the normal 5 petal Chrysanthemum, more like a simplified version
of the Imperial Household staff's menuki. Which may explain a lot,
and why this sword is so rare.
The blade is clearly not your average machine made blade, having
apparent ji-nie suggesting it was hand forged. The tang with taka-no-ha
file markings has the typical 2 mekugi-ana peg holes. The 27 1/2
inch is still sharp from its period sharpening and has a few small
ominous nicks. The original leather NCO's sword knot is fair, having
aged somewhat and broken in one place, or perhaps cut. The very
high quality cow hide leather field scabbard has aging to the inner
throat and wear to the drag area, but is exceptionally good otherwise
and I repeat, very high quality.
Don't blink as it may well be too late; I do not ever expect to
see another of these. My reference number is 924 (396). Full sized
/ further images available upon request.