WW2 Japanese NCO's Shin Gunto Katana, Nagoya
Guaranteed authentic, in good condition, an Imperial Japanese
WW2 army NCO's shin gunto katana, with matching serial numbers with
the scabbard / saya.
Apart from a few chilling nicks to the forward cutting section
of the blade, this 1935 pattern Japanese army NCO's katana is in
good condition. I absolutely guarantee this is an authentic WW2
sword not one of the sea of hard to tell apart repros that have
flooded the market. And as for the nicks to the blade; remember,
the Japanese fought with their swords in close combat.
This shin gunto is made even nicer by the fact the serial numbers
on the blade and scabbard throat piece match, both have the Nagoya
arsenal stamp followed by 83442. So this sword was likely taken
from a Japanese NCO rather than a warehouse pile of surrender weapons,
where the swords and sayas / scabbards often got mixed up.
The 69.5 cm blade is good with obvious almost certainly period
use damage to the forward cutting section of the blade; not big
damage, not so noticeable. The blade is firm in the hilt. The hilt
paint wearing down as to be expected and commensurate with age.
The sword sheathes very well and the locking pin / release works
well. Full sized / additional photos available upon request. This
item will only appreciate in price. Please quote item reference
number 937 (414).