WW2 Japanese NCO's Side Catch System Shin
Gunto Katana, Sold
In very good condition and with matching serial numbers to the
blade and saya (scabbard), a guaranteed authentic WW2 Japanese Non-Commissioned
Officer's Shin Gunto Katana with scarce side mounted retention clip.
Serial number 132919, so late war, probably 1944, and hence why
it is still in such good condition. A very good 1935 Model NCO shin
gunto with Nagoya arsenal markings, plain tsuba and very scarce
side mounted retention clip system (the side retention clip being
used on the 1945 model but only on a small number of 1935 models).
Fainter than normal arsenal markings as described in Richard Fuller
and Ron Gregory's Japanese Military and Civil Swords and Dirks.
The 26 1/4 inch cutting edge blade (excludes habaki) is in very
good condition; some rubbing, not much, and firm in the hilt. The
hilt retains most of its war time copper brown paint. The typical
camouflage green saya / scabbard is in good condition and the sword
sheathes and draws well, with the retention clip system operating
as it should.
These do not hang around for sale long, so don't dilly or dally
on this one! A rare side catch 1935M NCO side catch retention system
shin gunto for only £xxx (too late - now sold - original sales
price divulged for small fee). Please quote item reference AA01
(0001). Further / full sized images upon request.