Original WWII Last Ditch Japanese Army NCO Katana Sword with Leather Covered Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. The end of WWII marked the beginning of the sword ownership ban in Japan. By law, Japanese citizens were forbidden to own swords. General McArthur did not want the general population to be able to arm again. Most soldiers and citizens surrendered their swords to the American occupying forces. The Americans destroyed a large number of swords by dumping them into the ocean or by melting them. But a small percentage made its way back to the United States and into the collector market.
Here we have a very interesting "last ditch" example of a Japanese Army NCO Sword. It looks to have been made using "parts on hand", including the blade from a "Pineapple" handle Type 95 NCO sword, many of which did not have a fuller, as with this blade. It is marked with serial number 209181 next to an arsenal stamp that looks like 名, for Nagoya Arsenal. The blade still has the correct style habaki (blade collar), and was fitted with an iron tsuba (crossguard) from the late Type 95 pattern, as well as what look to be spare brass seppa (spacers) from a Type 98 Shin-gunto. The Tsuka (handle) is from a shirasaya "resting scabbard" setup, and is simply plain wood, which shows significant wear.
The saya (scabbard) is a very simple two piece wooden type, fitted with a brass koiguchi (scabbbard mouth / throat) and a hanger ring on a metal loop. This was then covered with a leather field cover to hold it together, with the seams let out in the bottom, as it was not long enough.
Definitely a unique very last ditch example, which looks to have seen significant service and use, possibly even after the war war over. Ready to display!
Blade Length: 26 1/4"
Blade Style: Katana
Overall length: 36 1/4“
Scabbard Length: 28 1/4"
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