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Imperial Japanese Army Type 95 Shin Gunto for non-commissioned officers. The Kokura arsenal produced this sword. This sword has a cast aluminium tsuka (hilt) with a 9mm thick ornate brass tsuba (guard) with pebble finish. The fuchi is copper and the sword is secured in the scabbard by a top latch all of which identifies it as being a third pattern sword dating to around 1938 – mid 1941. After mid-1941, the tsuba and fuchi were made of unadorned iron. The latch mechanism for securing the sword in the scabbard is re-positioned to the side of the tsuka in later models. This sword came from the Kokura (Tokyo) arsenal and was manufactured by the IIjima Sword Manufacturing Co., Ltd (Iijima Token Seisakusho). The ferrule (fuchi) is stamped with the Kokura (Tokyo) Arsenal stamp, The Kokura Arsenal inspection stamp, and the Iijima Token Seisakusho makers mark. The 67 cm (not including the habaki) machine made blade is in excellent condition with very minor pitting and tarnish consistent with its age and use. The serial number and a Kokura arsenal are clearly marked above the bohi (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 fighting edge. The cast aluminium tsuka (hilt) retains very little wear to its original paint. The tsuka is firm on the tang. The scabbard latch is in good condition and works well. The steel scabbard is in excellent condition free from dents. The sword draws well and is held firmly in the scabbard. The scabbard retains most of its original brown paint. The serial number on the throat of the scabbard does match 137740. Excellent

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Estimate $800 - $1,000Oct 05
Willoughby, OH, USA