WWII Japanese Army NCO Type 95 Shin-Gunto Sword
World War II period Japanese Army NCO’s shin gunto sword produced at the Tokyo Arsenal. The sword has the painted aluminum handle on which approximately 10% of the olive brown paint remains intact on the imitation lacing. The silver paint on the imitation ray skin is approximately 50% intact, while the gilt paint on the menuki is about 60% intact. The fuchi hilt collar bears the mark of the Kokura arsenal as well as a Tokyo Arsenal stamp and the Suya Sword Company maker’s mark. These NCO swords were actually only produced at the 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 positioning of the number, to be read with the cutting edge down, indicates that the sword was produced at the Tokyo Arsenal; the Nagoya Arsenal stamped the blades with numbers that are read with the cutting edge held upwards. The blade has some spots and some minor pitting but it is generally bright overall with no cracks, chips, 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 40% intact.
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