Original Japanese WWII M1899 Type 32 "Ko" First Pattern Cavalry Saber with Scabbard & Sword Knot - Serial 79507
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice Imperial Japanese WWII Type 32 "Ko" First Pattern Cavalry saber, complete with its original steel scabbard. Japanese cavalry sabers, originally introduced in the late 19th Century, all have machine made blades with serial numbers on the ricasso and will commonly have arsenal stamps on the guard.
The Type 25, introduced in 1892, had brass hilts and plain wood grips. The Type 32, introduced in 1899, on the other hand has a checkered steel hilt with checkered wood grips. They were issued with a leather finger loop on the inside of the guard. The machine made blades are "katana" shaped, and have a full length wide fuller and flat spine, and are contained in steel scabbards with a single ring. The swords saw service during the Russo-Japanese War, World War One and on into World War Two.
Two patterns of the Type 32 were produced. The first pattern, known as ‘Ko,’ was issued to cavalry NCOs and had a blade length of around 32 1/2 inches. The second pattern, known as ‘Otsu,’ was issued to army NCOs and was shorter, with a blade length of around 30 inches. This example is a ‘Ko’ pattern Type 32 cavalry saber, and is an early production example, with a lower serial number, and has the attachment hole for the leather finger ring. However, the rivet that would attach it has been ground flush on both sides and replaced with a hole, most likely after the ring pulled off.
The blade is in very good condition and retains its fighting edge, with a few areas of nicks and denting. The ricasso is stamped with serial number 79507. The blade was designed for cutting and thrusting and was superbly good at both. This blade definitely looks to have seen service, and was sharpened at least once, probably to help remove damage from the edge dents. It is still quite sharp, so care is needed during handling.
The steel D guard has a checked steel back strap and dove head pommel, all of which now show a worn steel patina from years of service and cleaning. The checked wooden grip is in similar condition, with a dark stained color. The locking catch is present and strong. The guard has a faint arsenal stamp but hard to determine the image. There is unfortunately no way to know when the sword was made, as they were produced continuously for close to 40 years. There is also a very nice leather sword knot attached to the handle, which looks to be original.
The sword is complete with its steel scabbard, with a single hanger-ring, and functional locking catch. The drag of the scabbard bears matching serial number 79507, which is not typical, as these are almost always found mismatched. The scabbard is in good condition, without much in the way of dents and still retains its lovely finish.
A Japanese Cavalry Saber, in service for decades, and probably brought home after WWII. In very nice condition and ready to display!
Blade length: 31”
Blade style: Single Edged with Fuller
Overall length: 38”
Guard Dimensions: 4 1/2"W x 5"L
Scabbard length: 31 1/2"
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