Product Description: This Japanese Gunto with Capture Tag is an extremely desirable, complete sword, with a lot going for it. The 27 inch blade is outstanding, with full original luster, and a vibrant and rigid “Hamon” that can be easily seen throughout the entire length of the blade. The blade has only a few scattered light marks, but is otherwise very bright, with no indications of cleaning, and no chips or other damage to the cutting edge. There is a signature of the maker in Japanese characters on the tang of the blade. This attractive sword is in “Army mounts,” with a typical Army green scabbard. All of the sword’s fittings are intact. The handle is beautiful, with a tightly bound grip that shows only traces of handling, and no damage. This Japanese Gunto with Capture Tag locks nicely into its original scabbard. The scabbard has light marks from wear throughout, and evidence of a tag that was once lacquered to the exterior of the scabbard. There is one small dent on the side of the scabbard. which does not effect the drawing or sheathing the blade. An original surrender tag is still tied to the scabbard’s hanger ring. The surrender tag is made of thin cotton or linen fabric, with hand lettered writing. This Gunto is a high quality example, in excellent condition.
Historical Description: The Imperial Japanese Army numbered 1,700,000 soldiers in 1941. By August 1945, this number had swelled to 6,095,000 men. During the course of the war, these men were sent to areas of operations that spanned a huge part of the globe, including the Mongolian border, Hong Kong, the Phillipines. Thailand, Burma, Dutch East Indies, and Malaya. These soldiers were issued a wide variety of uniform and equipment items. They had specialized footwear, helmets and other headgear, and different types of uniforms intended for the varying (and often extreme) climates in which Japanese soldiers fought. As with all of the major combatants of WWII, the Japanese also had special insignia to identify ranks and roles of individual soldiers, as well as decorations to reward soldiers for their service and achievements. American soldiers who fought in the Pacific Theater avidly sought Japanese items as souvenirs, and they collected not only flags, weapons and helmets, but items of personal equipment and even personal items of Japanese soldiers. Today, all aspects of WWII Japanese Army uniforms, insignia, equipment, and awards, remain collectible historic items.
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