Japanese Military NCO Gunto Sword. Pre ww2 and ww2 military sword used by Imperial Japanese Army. Carbon steel blade, scabbard with a locking mechanism.
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Japanese ww2 sword of the Non-commissioned officers.
All Japanese officers in 20th century wartime Japan were required to wear a sword as a badge of rank.
These mass-produced military Shin Gunto swords substituted the complex hilt construction of traditional blades with an aluminium-cast painted false Tsuka-Ito lacing.
The blades were stamped with factory numbers and the hilt and scabbard feature a simple locking mechanism. The blade is made from tempered high-carbon steel and the scabbard is steel with a wood-core and drab-painted exterior.
The tsuba is made of brass.
Overall length: 96,52 cm ... 36 3/8".
Blade length: 68,58 cm ... 26 1/2".