WW2 Japanese Pilot's Aikuchi (Kamikaze Dagger
/ Dirk / Knife), Sold
An exceptionally rare WW2 Japanese kamikaze pilot's dirk with
horimono blade, in good condition, 100% authentic.
Please note: There are a sea, thousands of post-war "kamikaze
knifes". This item here is not a repro. It is guaranteed 100%
to be an authentic World War 2 Japanese pilot's aikuchi (suicide)
dirk / knife. It is probably not one given to pilots the night before
they set off to commit suicide. It is almost certainly a rare private
purchase dirk, one bought for a pilot by himself or his family in
the knowledge he was sure to commit suicide in a kamikaze attack.
Please read Fuller & Gregory's Japanese military swords and
dirks reference book (the full sized hardback version). Please read
the sections under "Showa period dirks for military use"
and also "Kamikaze dirks".
This is a WW2 Japanese pilot's dirk; the leather combat cover and
large belt strap tell us this, along with the fact the menuki peg
is protected by the leather cap; this was deliberate, to stop the
blade being removed; please note Fuller & Gregory's only example
they came across had the peg broken by a post-war owner so that
the blade's tang could be exposed. This tells you how rare these
items are. The menuki peg on this knife is not broken; the tang
has not been exposed. Please note the lack of a guard, and the bone
/ ivory collar and habaki. This means the knife is an aikuchi and
the only purpose for one of these is to commit suicide. Legend is
that Japanese kamikaze pilots were meant to kill themselves with
their aikuchi just before crashing their planes into enemy ships,
so as to rob the enemy of the kill.
Again, this is an authentic WW2 dirk. The only people to wear these
were pilots. The only purpose for this type of dirk is to commit
suicide with. It 100% is one of the rarest of World War 2 trophies,
a kamikaze pilot's aikuchi.
The 17cm blade (excludes habaki) is clearly a well made blade,
but has aged. The blade is loose in the hilt, probably because of
unsuccessful attempts to remove the blade to expose the tang. The
little grommet you see on the hilt cover is part of the leather
strap / popper retainer (the leather strap that once secured onto
the sheath is now missing). This is not the menuki peg. The leather
combat covers and belt strap are in good shape.
There is no provenance with this item. I bought it at auction and
the seller did not want to discuss the dagger with me (I offered
to pay extra for any related information / articles such as photos,
war record of the serviceman who inevitably bought this home to
England). Kamikaze pilots took their aikuchi to the bottom of the
ocean, or destroyed them as they crashed their plane into the enemy;
only a few survived the war. I can only speculate about how this
one survived. Perhaps the original owner bought this in preparation
for an inevitable suicide attack one day and was either shot down
over land or issued a standard kamikaze dirk the night before he
met his fate. Who knows? I certainly wish I did. Westerners called
these pilots "crazed", but it took a lot of courage to
do what they did, no matter whether you agree with their exploits
or not. Whereas I do not get any satisfaction from holding a Nazi
WW2 dress dagger, this dirk gives me one hell of a buzz; it is an
honour for me to have and hold it.
I suspect this is the only one I will ever see let alone own. Therefore
the price is appropriate to the rarity, etc. Our price for this
item is £? (too late, now sold). Full sized pictures available
upon request. Please quote item reference number B88 (606).