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    Japanese Sword

    This was given to me by an elderly neighbor following the death of her husband. It actually belonged to his brother (who preceded him in death). His brother served in the Pacific during WW2 and brought it home with him.



    Unfortunately, I don't know anything about this other than it's Japaneseicon. Any info you can provide would be appreciated. Such as --- What is the proper name for this style sword? Who would have carried it? Is the number on the blade a serial #?
    Anything you can think of would be appreciated.

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    Shin-Gunto (think I spelled it right). NCO sword. Probably some arsenal markings (look close).
    Very nice item though not as valuable as the Gunto hand made officers swords.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOOKED ON HISTORY View Post
    Shin-Gunto (think I spelled it right). NCO sword. Probably some arsenal markings (look close).
    Very nice item though not as valuable as the Gunto hand made officers swords.
    Thank You for the info. Based on what I was able to look up quickly, it appears this is a Type 95 Shin Gunto -- made for NCO's and had a serial # stamped into the blade with Arabic numbers. Sounds like what I've got, but I'll dig deeper.

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    I only have one but like them because 1. as far as I know they are no forgeries unlike the Gunto 2. They are far less expensive.

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    The scabbard should have a matching serial number. There are many Chinese made fake NCO swords on the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Wyatt View Post
    There are many Chinese made fake NCO swords on the market.
    I got one for my son some years back because he loves that sort of thing. The story I got was they were assembled from parts on hand by the Chinese and sold overseas...so I took one. It was not too bad and the price was good.
    Regards, Jim

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    I inherited my Grandfathers NCO sword very similiar to yours. He was a rifleman in the 2nd Marine Div. He took the sword, VZ24 chines contract 8mm Mauser, Binoculars, and philipino pesos off the NCO on Saipan. He assumed the NCO fought in mainland China where he picked the VZ 24 up and continued to use it for some reason. This sword had decorative tassels on it at one time. They had since rotted and fallen off.


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