Original Japanese WWII Naval Officers Dirk with Brass Mounted Leather Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Item Available. This is a very nice example of an Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Officers Dress / Parade Dirk, complete with its brass-mounted leather scabbard. As with Naval Dirks in Europe, they were given to officers when they were first commissioned, and were not intended to be any type of functional weapon. They began to be issued starting in the 1880s, and their use continued until the end of WWII.
This example is textbook, with a chrome-plated machine-made steel blade, and all brass fittings. The grip is the correct wire-wrapped white ray skin, with a brass cherry blossom cross pin, which we have not attempted to remove. This motif is repeated on the pommel cap and on the scabbard fittings, as is correct for the naval pattern. The scabbard locks into the crossguard, released by a button on the scabbard locket.
Condition is very good, with the expected wear and patination from use and age. The blade does have some oxidation where the chrome plating has worn, but it still presents very nicely. The leather covered wood scabbard body is in good shape, with no cracking or major issues.
A very nice example of hard to find Japanese Naval Dirk, ready to display!
Blade Length: 8 1/4"
Blade Style: Single Edged with Fuller
Overall length: 13 1/4”
Crossguard: 2 3/8”
Scabbard Length: 11 3/8"
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