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WW2 Japanese Heiho (Converted Dutch Hembrug Cutlass), for sale

In good condition, a WW2 Japanese Heiho (Converted Dutch Hembrug Cutlass).

WW2 Japanese Heiho (Converted Dutch Hembrug Cutlass)

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Dutch cutlasses were seized from the Dutch East Indies when Japan invaded, converted (has their original shell guards cut down to a basic cross guard) and given to local Indonesian militiamen sympathetic to the Japanese and their lie that Imperial Japan would liberate them. This one has a few nicks, so it has chopped something in its past (most likely jungle thicket, as they were principally used as machetes). You will notice the gap between the pommel nut and the hilt itself; this is because the end of the shell guard has gone. You find Heihos mostly in the UK because the British administered Indonesia for the surrender of the Japanese forces at the end of the war. Marked to Dutch maker Hembrug and the Royal Dutch acceptance stamp to the blade.


The 16 7/8 inch blade is in good condition, save for said nicks, and is firm in the hilt. The hilt good, the original leather scabbard also good though aged / a little floppy. The sword sheathes and draws well.

A great piece for just £300. Please quote item reference number V12. Further / large images available upon request. Box 0950-0.6 (1.458)

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