Early WW2 Japanese Army NCO's Shin Gunto,
In good condition, an early WW2 Japanese Army Non-Commissioned
Officer's Shin Gunto.
Serial number to the blade is 34073, so this sword saw a lot of
WW2. The saya / scabbard's serial number is 34182 which, while not
matching, is also early and implies a period marriage while in service
rather than a post war spares marriage.
The 26 1/4 inch (cutting edge) blade is in good condition though
some patina and light pitting, but not much. Blade firm in hilt.
The fittings are all in good order and the grip has above average
amounts of original copper paint remaining. The saya / scabbard
is good and with much war time paint. The sword sheathes and draws
well, the locking pin mechanism works well.
Early war swords are more desirable for obvious reasons; this one
has lasted well. Well worth t £1100. Please quote item reference
number W55. Further / full sized pictures available upon request.
Package 1183-110x16x12 (2.435).