WW2 Japanese Army NCO's Shin Gunto Katana
Nagoya arsenal stamped, 1935 pattern, WW2 Japanese Imperial army
NCO's shin gunto katana in good condition.
We 100% guarantee this is an authentic WW2 Japanese NCO's shin
gunto katana. Be warned, the vast majority of these swords on the
market are reproductions. Again, this one is 100% authentic, guaranteed.
Correctly stamped serial number and Nagoya arsenal acceptance stamp
to the blade. Correct fuchi markings, bohi (blade grove location)
and sarute loop size show this is an authentic WW2 NCO's shin gunto.
Good condition 26 1/4 inch blade (excludes habaki), serial number
61580 (so this sword is sure to have seen quite some service), several
nicks to the cutting edge I believe are period from use. There is
some play of the blade in the hilt, which again I suspect is down
to an arduous service life; all the seppa (fittings) appear to be
there; it is possible to dismantle these and thus firm it up if
required. The hilt is well worn, again clearly period. The saya
/ scabbard is an earlier still serial number, 22688, so it is possible
the blade was a replacement for one damaged in combat, though most
likely this sword came back as a war trophy from a so-called surrender
warehouse (of surrendered weapons). Still, this sword has seen some
very tough times, for sure, and is therefore part of its great appeal.
A highly evocative investment at a bargain price. Further / full
sized pictures available upon request. Item number B34 (484).