WW2 Japanese NCO's Katana, Knot, Carry Bag,
In good condition, a WW2 1935M (Type 95) Japanese NCO's katana
/ shin gunto, matching serial numbers, complete with sword knot
and original carry bag.
Apart from the matching serial numbers on the blade and saya /
scabbard throat, the thing that really makes this WW2 Japanese NCO's
shin gunto so appealing is the original carry bag. The sword knot
plus the carry bag are valuable items in their own right, especially
the carry bag as these are so rare, but they also dramatically increase
the value of the sword itself because their presence means the sword
was taken off a Japanese soldier, not from a post-war surrender
The blade and fuchi collar bear the stamps for the slightly rarer
Nagoya arsenal (most are for the Kokura arsenal). The serial number
80087 is early to mid war, so this sword has been around for sure.
The 26 1/4 inch blade (excludes habaki) is in good condition without
any nicks or other damage; it has some slight age staining but this
can be removed if required. The hilt is good, the grip retains a
good amount of the original copper paint. The sarute loop is missing,
but the sword knot is all there and in good order. The steel scabbard
is good, though most of its original paint is gone and there are
some rust patches. The canvas carry bag is sound but has staining.
The sword sheathes and draws very well; the locking pin works well
and holds the scabbard / saya as it should.
Try and find another with the original knot and carry bag! So this
is well worth our asking price. Further / full sized images upon
request. Our item reference number is D46 (735).