WW2 Japanese Army NCO's Copper Hilted Shin
In battle worn condition, a rare WW2 Japanese Army NCO's Copper
Hilted Shin Gunto.
This is one of the original Japanese non commissioned officer's
(sergeant's) shin guntos and has clearly seen action; it is scary
to think how it got the nicks it has to the blade. If you want a
pristine version of a copper hilted shin gunto, this is not it.
The saya has lost its mouthpiece (kuchi-gane), the sarute loop securing
bolt is gone, replaced by a wooden peg in some kind of mastic. The
tsuka dented. This sword has seen combat. Serial number 1567.
The 26 3/8 inch blade is in aged condition; patina, wear, old sharpening
marks, nicks. Blade has a little movement in the hilt. The copper
hilt is aged and dented. The steel saya / scabbard is aged and battle
worn, kuchi-gane missing, with correct rounded copper drag / chape.
The sword sheathes and draws loosely.
OK, it has been through the wars quite literally, and for some
that is worth more than a good condition desk / prison sergeant's
gunto. A really evocative investment for just £? (too late,
now sold). Please quote item reference V06 (0947). Further / full
sized images available upon request.
Foot note: It may well be possible to use a saya / scabbard mouth
piece and retention bolt from a reproduction NCO gunto (please note:
reproductions are of the later aluminium variant and the hilt securing
bolt is different to the one used by these earlier copper hilted
versions, though should hopefully work well enough).