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Japanese NCO Shin Gunto Sword - USS116

Japanese NCO Shin Gunto Sword

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Overall Length: 36 3/8'' Blade: 26 1/2''
Retail Price:$209.95
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Blade: EN9 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 2 lb 5 oz
Edge:  Unsharpened
P.O.B.: 5 1/4''
Thickness: 6.2 mm - 4.9 mm
Width: 29.3 mm
Grip Length: 7''
Pommel: Integrated

All Japanese officers in 20th century wartime Japan were required to wear a sword as a badge of rank. Though traditional swordsmiths made exquisite blades for the highest officers, there was no way they could meet the mass demand required by the Army. The gap was filled with non-traditional smiths using non-traditional metals and techniques. The tang of non-traditional blades were stamped to distinguish them from traditional swords.

In Japan these mass-produced ‘’Showato’’ class swords are illegal to own as they are not considered to be ‘’true’’ Japanese swords. These mass-produced military ‘’Shin Gunto’’ swords substituted the complex hilt contruction of traditional blades with an aluminum-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 of brass. This replica from Universal Swords of India features reproduced markings seen on existing Shin Gunto.

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