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WW2 Japanese Army / Infantry Sergeant's Shin Gunto Katana, for sale

In good condition, a WW2 Japanese Army / Infantry Sergeant's Shin Gunto Katana with matching serial numbers.

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This is the scarcer version with the plain iron tsuba / guard, made for the Kokura Army Arsenal. Matching serial numbers of 73715 indicates this was of early to mid WW2 manufacture. As it was in the UK, moistly likely a war trophy from Burma or possibly Indonesia or French Indochina where the British acted on behalf of Holland and France in their former colonies with surrendering Japanese soldiers.

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The 26 inch (cutting edge) blade is in good condition (very minor period slight damage to very tip, plus a small nick) and firm in the hilt / tsuka. The tsuba and tsuka are both in good condition, the tsuka with much of its original browning present. The steel saya / scabbard in good shape but with a couple dents; some WW2 camouflage paint remaining. The sword sheathes and draws well and the locking pin mechanism works and holds the scabbard as it should.

A well above average example. Reasonably priced at £1000. Please quote item reference number AF64. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Box 1139-102x18x16 (2.556).

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