Japanese early second pattern WWII Type 95 NCO shin gunto.
This sword has a cast aluminium hilt with a 9mm thick ornate brass guard with pebble finish. The sword is secured in the scabbard by a top latch which identifies it as being a second pattern sword dating to around 1938 – mid 1941. After mid-1941, the guard and hilt ferrule were made of unadorned iron and the latch mechanism for securing the sword in the scabbard was moved to the side of the hilt.
The hilt ferrule bears a private sector sword maker’s stamp for the Ijima Token Seisakusho factory, Tokyo First Arsenal inspection stamp and a Kokura Arsenal identification stamp. The Kokura Arsenal did not produce any Type 95 Shin Gunto but over-saw the production of these swords so its identification stamp is often found on Type 95 swords.
The 680mm (not including the blade collar) blade is in excellent condition, free from rust and tarnish. The serial number 50062 and a Tokyo First Arsenal stamp are clearly marked above the fuller. These pre/early war production Type 95 Shin Gunto were carried by career soldiers, not conscripts and were considered by many as a primary weapon. The blade retains its sharp fighting edge.
The cast aluminium hilt retains a good amount of its original brown paint, with a wear pattern testifying to its use and service. The hilt is firm on the tang. The scabbard latch is in good condition and works well.
The matching numbered scabbard is in excellent condition. The throat of the scabbard is stamped with the serial number, 50062. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly and locks firmly into the scabbard.
Japanese WWII swords are amongst the most copied/faked of all swords and prospective buyers should beware.
This Type 95 is guaranteed to be genuine and is a great example of a much sought-after Japanese NCO’s sword that was carried and used by a career soldier in the Imperial Japanese Army.
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