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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.

WW2 Japanese NCO's (Non-Commissioned Officer's) Shin Gunto Katana

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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.

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