In good condition, a Kokura arsenal Type 95 WW2 Japanese Army NCO’s Shin Gunto
Matching serial numbers? It appears the guy that stamped the blade and scabbard at the Imperial Japanese Kokura arsenal got the 6 or 9 upside down on one; it has serial number 76114 to the blade and 79114 to the saya / scabbard; look closely and you can see they are the same digit, we think a “6” (he or she got the 6 for the scabbard upside down)! It is too much of a coincidence otherwise.
The 26 1/4 inch blade is in very good condition and firm in the hilt / tsuka. The tsuka has lost most of its copper coloured paint but is in good condition. The saya / scabbard is in good condition. The sword sheathes and draws well; the locking mechanism works well and locates / holds onto the saya.
Very good example and a talking point feature! Great buy at £900. Please quote item reference ZZ72. Full sized / additional photos available upon request. Box 1725-110x15x14 (2.135)