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WW2 Japanese Copper Hilted NCO's Shin Gunto, officer's blade, for sale

In overall good condition, a rare unusual WW2 Japanese Copper Hilted NCO's Shin Gunto with officer's blade.

WW2 Japanese Copper Hilted NCO's Shin Gunto with officer's blade

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A very rare and unusual shin gunto. The hilt is a 100% authentic copper NCO's tsuka, but later fitted with an officer's blade, signed Hayakawa Kaneyuki saku, who was a rare smith to say the least. Of course, the hilt / tsuba and blade / saya could be a post-war marriage, but everything about this says not (wooden mekugi peg has age, leather fastener strap and leather saya have both shrunk from age to be a little too far apart to clip together); this really does look like a period NCO's enhancement. And, anyway, no-one in their right mind would cannibalize such a rare NCO's copper hilt onto such a rare smith's blade. Speculation abounds regarding its history; the vendor to us says it is believed untouched since the end of WW2. IN any event, you will not likely find another

The 24 3/4 inch blade is overall good with hamon visible, but with scuffs and a couple of patina / inert rust patches. The overall sword is in good condition. The leather covered wood scabbard is good; a little shrinkage from age. The sword sheathes and draws well.

The tsuka alone is worth over £250, and with a rare smith / unique composition, it is an absolute bargain at just £950. Please quote item reference number AD18. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Box 0421-1m (2.143).

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