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WWII Japanese Army NCO Type 95 Shin-Gunto Sword
World War II period Japanese Army NCO's shin gunto sword. The sword has the painted aluminum handle on which approximately 30% of the olive brown paint remains intact on the imitation lacing. The silver paint on the imitation ray skin is approximately 80% intact, while the gilt paint on the menuki is about 70% intact. The fuchi hilt collar bears the mark of the Kokura arsenal as well as a Tokyo Arsenal inspection stamp and the Iijima Sword Company maker's mark. These NCO swords were actually only produced at the Tokyo or Nagoya arsenals. However, the Kokura Arsenal sometimes put its Arsenal stamp on some fuchi such a sword, as this one, will bear an inspection mark from either Tokyo or Nagoya Arsenals. The use of the Kokura Arsenal stamp indicates it was produced under their administration. The blade bears a number as does the scabbard and these numbers match. The blade has some spots and some minor pitting but it is bright overall with no edge nicks or active rust. The blade is approximately 26 1/2 inches long, with an overall length of approximately 37 inches. The olive brown paint on the scabbard shows wear and is approximately 60% intact.
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