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WW2 Japanese Type 95 Shin Guntō NCO (Katana) Sword – Ijima Tōken Seiakusho – Matching

WW2 Japanese Type 95 Shin Guntō NCO (Katana) Sword – Ijima Tōken Seiakusho – Matching

$1,950.00
Product code: 86

Availability: SOLD

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SECOND WORLD WAR TYPE 95 (SECOND 'EARLY' PATTERN INTERMEDIATE PRODUCTION MODEL 1935) NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS SHIN GUNTŌ (NEW ARMY) SWORD AND SCABBARD MANUFACTURED BY ĪJIMA TŌKEN SEISAKUSHO UNDER TŌKYŌ FIRST ARMY ARSENAL SUPERVISION BETWEEN 1940 AND 1942. A very good original Japanese Type 95 (Model 1935) ‘Shin Guntō’ Pattern Sword manufactured by Ījima Tōken Seiakusho between 1940 and 1942 and issued to Imperial Japanese Army NCOs as a mark of their rank.

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SECOND WORLD WAR TYPE 95 (SECOND 'EARLY' PATTERN INTERMEDIATE PRODUCTION MODEL 1935) NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS SHIN GUNTŌ (NEW ARMY) SWORD AND SCABBARD MANUFACTURED BY ĪJIMA TŌKEN SEISAKUSHO UNDER TŌKYŌ FIRST ARMY ARSENAL SUPERVISION BETWEEN 1940 AND 1942. A very good original Japanese Type 95 (Model 1935) ‘Shin Guntō’ Pattern Sword manufactured by Ījima Tōken Seiakusho between 1940 and 1942 and issued to Imperial Japanese Army NCOs as a mark of their rank. It was designed to resemble the Officers Type 94 (Model 1934) kyūyon-shiki guntō which was itself styled to resemble the Tachi of the classic Samurai Kamakura period (1185-1332).  This imitation was deliberate as the Japanese Imperial Army wished to foster the code of Bushido (the way of the warrior) in its soldiers and the sword was a reminder of a legendary period in Japanese history. This type of sword replaced the earlier ‘Kyū Guntō’ or ‘Old Army Sword’ and was therefore collectively known as the ‘Shin Guntō’ or ‘New Army Sword’

The Type 95 (Model 1935) was a machine made weapon manufactured under the supervision of the various Army Arsenal’s (This example has aTōkyō First Army Arsenal stamp).It was manufactured in 3 Patterns; the first, or ‘early’ pattern produced between 1935 and 1942, of which this sword is an example, had an aluminum or copper painted alloy hilt (Tsuka) with a Brass aoi-shaped guard (Tsuba), a horseshoe chape (Ishizuki) and a painted steel scabbard (Saya). The second, or ‘intermediate’ pattern produced between 1943 and 1944 had a cast iron/steel rather than brass Tsuba while later versions had a locking catch in the middle of the grip face rather than on the back edge like this 'early' version.  The third, or late ‘economy’ production types, produced from 1944 onwards were characterized by solid wood grips and in some cases wooden/bamboo scabbards

The machine made Katana profile blade of these swords was designed for cutting and thrusting and has a reputation for robustness and utility. The blade on this particular example displays the usual nicks and scratches characteristic of sword practice and use and is patinated consistent with age.  The painted aluminum tsuka (hilt) is good although the lower bolt fixing is a replacement. Much of the original paint finish on the saya (scabbard) remains and displays those signs of wear usually associated with field use and rubbing against other items of equipment and uniform.

These Type 95 (Model 1935) ‘Shin Guntō’ Pattern swords are well made and were used by NCO’s of the Imperial Japanese Army throughout the Second World War. They were very highly sought after by Australian, US and British troops as souvenirs.  This weapon, which retains most of its wartime finish and has an excellent aged patina, is almost certainly one of those battlefield mementos.  A similar sword, is pictured in a photograph of three ‘Digger’s’ of the 2/8 Australian Infantry Battalion holding captured Japanese swords near Wewak in New Guinea in June 1945 and is in the collection of the Australian War Memorial as exhibit 093461 and can be viewed at http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/093461 . A photograph of an Imperial Japanese Army Kempeitai (military police) sergeant on his wedding day carrying a similar Type 95 Guntō is attached to this listing for interest.

This Imperial Japanese issue sword is a very good example of its type.  It is fitted with a painted aluminum moulded hilt, brass fixing nut and a machined copper ferrule (Fuchi) with 3 clear markings stamped into the obverse face.  These are; on the right, the Tōkyō First Army Arsenal stamp, in the centre the Tōkyō First Army Arsenal inspection stamp and on the left the Ījima Tōken Seiakusho manufacturers trademark.  The heavy horseshoe brass Tsuba (guard) and Sepa (fittings) are excellent. The ‘Katana’ profile steel blade is ‘fullered’ and single-edged, tapering to a shallow point and is in very good original condition with patination on both blade faces (see pictures). The blade edge shows clear evidence of operational use with a number of what are termed by collectors ‘thumbnail strike marks’.  The obverse ricasso and the scabbard throat are stamped with the matching number 138077 and a Tōkyō First Army Arsenal inspectors stamp. The painted steel scabbard (retaining some of its original jungle khaki green paint), with its single hanger-ring is in excellent condition with a patina consistent with age and use. What makes is particularly special however is the hand-woven grip made of braided khaki twine wrapped around the upper part of the saya.  While these are not unknown, they are rare and are a clear indication of operational use.

Type:  Type 95 ‘Shin Guntō’ Pattern
Maker: Ījima Tōken Seiakusho
Overall Length: 925.0 mm
Blade Length:  700.0 mm
Blade Width (at guard):  30.0 mm
Scabbard: Painted steel
Overall Length of Scabbard:  746.0 mm

The markings on this sword are clear, with the Ījima Tōken Seiakusho manufacturers mark, the Tōkyō First Army Arsenal stamp and inspectors stamp (Kanji) visible on the Fuchi (ferrule).  The obverse ricasso is stamped with the weapon serial number 138077 and the Tōkyō First Army Arsenal inspector’s Kanji.  The scabbard throat is matching numbered 138077 and the scabbard drag is faintly marked with a Tōkyō First Army Arsenal inspection stamp (Kanji).

From Australia, this Japanese Type 95 (Model 1935) ‘Shin Guntō’ Pattern Sword is in excellent original condition and is a first class example of its type. A genuine Second World War Imperial Japanese Army Shin Guntō.  This one is up there with some of the best Type 95 I have listed, it’s a fair dinkum cracker. Almost certainly a WW2 battlefield souvenir from the campaign in the Pacific, this sword has everything you look for in a Japanese Type 95; condition, patina and originality.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 2.2000
Country of Origin Japanese (WW2)
Sword Type Enlisted
Maker Ijima Tōken Seiakusho
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1941
Overall Length (mm) 925
Blade Length (mm) 700
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 30
Scabbard Type 95
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 746