Very rare early copper hilted Japanese NCO's
Original early copper hilted regulation 1935 (type 95) pattern
Japanese army nco's shin-gunto / katana with sword knot, original
brass cap scabbard (matching serial numbers) and the soldier's netsuke,
in very good condition. Apparently taken from a fallen Japanese
non-commissioned officer during WW2.
A true copper hilted type 95 Japanese NCO's katana; only the early
/ original army swords had copper hilts, later / the vast majority
of the 1935 pattern had aluminum hilts painted to look like copper.
The sword and scabbard are all original, both bearing the same
serial number "1879"; the scabbard with the correct early
brass capped drag.
The blade is in very good condition except for a small amount of
patina and is firm in the hilt. The sword sheathes well into the
scabbard, a little tight for the last few inches; the locking mechanism
is fine and holds the scabbard well.
The fuchi is correctly marked for the Kokura Arsenal whose symbol
is correctly placed to the right of the blade's serial number. The
copper hilt is in very good condition (not subject to the ugly paint
flaking / wear of the later painted aluminum hilts) and everything
The sword knot (may be a replacement) is correct and in exceptionally
good condition. This sword is sold with the Japanese soldier's netsuke
(a miniature carving used as part of and decoration for a pouch
in which Japanese men would keep certain items). This raises the
distinct possibility the sword was taken (along with the netsuke)
from a fallen Japanese soldier as katanas were surrendered but netsuke
were not. Further pictures available upon request.