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WWII Japanese Army Sword Koa Isshin Mantetsu Iwo Jima Battle Damaged Shin-Gunto
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May 15, 2012
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WWII Japanese Army Sword Koa Isshin Mantetsu Iwo Jima Battle Damaged Shin-Gunto

Wow what a great piece of history! Original WW2 Japanese army officer's shin-gunto sword with a bullet hole through the blade and scabbard.
Captured by USMC Veteran "Jim (
Poggie) Garrison" during the battle for Iwo Jima.
The blade is a Koa Isshin Mantetsu type made by the forge in Manchuria China using railroad Iron. The handle has the original field grade officers tassel. But unfortunately it is missing one of the tassel ends and slider knot. The handle is wrapped in brown cloth ito with shark skin under the wrap. Standard Shin Gunto military fittings and Menuki. The stub is solid showing age and oxidization with some traces of the original gilt finish in the recesses. The metal scabbard retains most of its original cotton cloth covering sewn around it, there are Heavy Blood stains on the cloth, No doubt from the brave soldier who wore it. The bottom end of the scabbard is missing the fitting for the drag(kojiri). There is a large caliber bullet hole in the scabbard and the blade about 5 or 6 inches from the end. The scabbard has been broken in half at the bullet hole at some point. The blade will come out of the scabbard but it drags on the jagged edges of the blade inside the wood liner of the scabbard. Blade condition is still pretty good although at this point it doesn't really matter. The tang is signed"Koa Isshin Mantestu Saku" and dated"Showa Mizunoe-Uma Shu." (19th year of the zodiacal cycle or autumn 1942) on the other side. Tang also has some small characters on the back spine but they are too hard to read. Internal sepias and fittings are marked with a number 3. A great battlefield relic exactly the way the vet brought it back. Please have a look at all the photos. I put some baby powder on the tang so the signature and date would be more visible.

A Remarkable Artifact Here.

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