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WW2 Japanese Naval Landing Forces Officers Kai-Gunto, for sale

A rare WW2 Japanese Naval Landing Forces Officers Kai-Gunto with correct black leather combat cover.

WW2 Japanese Naval Landing Forces Officers Kai-Gunto w/ Combat Cover

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A genuine WW2 Japanese Naval Landing Forces Officers Kai-Gunto with its all important black leather combat cover to prove it. Signed Nishibe Munenaga, the blade is probably a higher grade showato. One ashi / obi-tori missing (this may have been period deliberate as many landing force officers opted for a single ashi), but otherwise in excellent condition for a sword of the feared WW2 Japanese naval landing forces (marines). The saya within the combat cover is rayskin / same.

The 24 3/8 inch blade is in excellent condition given this is a landing force gunto, no nicks, the hamon still clear. A little movement between blade and tsuka (hilt), maybe a lesser seppa (washer) is missing, or maybe it is our improvised replacement mekugi (peg). The fittings are all very good for age. The leather combat cover is a little aged and worn, but not too much. The sword sheathes and draws well, and the locking pin mechanism works.

This is such a rare gunto type and to get one in such great condition, it is literally a museum piece. Yours for only £2000. Please quote item reference number AD96. Full sized / additional photos available upon request. Box 0624-1m (2.347).

   
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