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#1 rrobertscv

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 04:54 PM

Got this from the veterans daughter today. She said he was with the 1st Calvary and was at Leyte. His name was William Caygle. She said he received 2 PHs, which she has. Any help with the sword would be great, this is m first one and I dont know anything.
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Posted 07 December 2019 - 04:55 PM

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#3 rrobertscv

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 04:57 PM

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#4 hink441

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 05:07 PM

Looks like a Japanese NCO sword. Does the number match the blade and scabbard?

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#5 rrobertscv

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 05:16 PM

I’m not seeing a number on the scabbard, I’ve tried to look it over carefully

#6 sundance

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 05:20 PM

I love these things. My dad brought 2 home, one an NCO and one an officer's. Then he went and sold them when I was off to college. It took me a lot of years before I found an NCO in very good shape that I could afford. You know kids, college etc. I never got to see the maker's name on the officer's sword (if there was a name).



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Posted 07 December 2019 - 05:23 PM

Look at the throat of the scabbard, like you are looking down the hole. Should be a number stamped on the flat, next to opening.

Looks to be a naval (Kai) sword.

Im not seeing a number on the scabbard, Ive tried to look it over carefully



#8 hink441

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 05:26 PM

The scabbard should or could be numbered on the face of the throat.

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 05:26 PM

Fond it, thanks for the directions. It does match.

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 05:28 PM

The leather NCO sword knot is also nice to have!

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 05:31 PM

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 05:37 PM

So great to get one from the family and to have the vet info. I have one from a USMC advisor to the Chinese.
Congratulations!
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Posted 07 December 2019 - 11:25 PM

Nice sword!!

If you want to read up on it, it is a Type 95 shin gunto, otherwise known as the NCO sword. Yours is in nice condition, and the matching scabbard is a huge plus. Yours is probably midway through the production timeframe for these since it has the iron guard (earlier swords had ornate guards made from brass). Lots of great information on these in Dawsons book Swords of Imperial Japan.

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 04:27 AM

Kai Gunto, right?

Nice sword!!

If you want to read up on it, it is a Type 95 shin gunto, otherwise known as the NCO sword. Yours is in nice condition, and the matching scabbard is a huge plus. Yours is probably midway through the production timeframe for these since it has the iron guard (earlier swords had ornate guards made from brass). Lots of great information on these in Dawsons book Swords of Imperial Japan.



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Posted 08 December 2019 - 05:09 AM

Kai Gunto, right?


Not a Kai Gunto - that is in reference to a Japanese Naval Officer's sword. This is a second pattern non-commissioned officer's sword, with the appropriate leather knot (which are tough to find on their own).

Nice pick-up, especially with the history attached. Congrats!

#16 rrobertscv

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 05:33 AM

Thanks for the help, gives me someplace to start reading about it.

#17 Varangian

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 07:18 AM

I bought a M1902 with one of those knots on it 15 or so years ago.  Thought it was a pretty crappy M1902 knot, lol!



#18 Spy vs Spy

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 09:14 AM

This is way beyond cool.. and with history. Thanks for sharing.

 

Best

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 11:20 AM

Great piece! These NCO swords are just plain cool!

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 08:17 PM

Kai Gunto, right?


Nope. Lol. Shin gunto.

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 08:40 PM

Gary Gunto?

Seriously though folks, I have been told by multiple sword collectors that the ovoid tsubas were Navy.

Thanks for clearing that up.

Nope. Lol. Shin gunto.



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Posted 08 December 2019 - 08:56 PM

Great sword.

 

Dont recall seeing the black finish grip before.Normally see them painted brown.Very nice!!



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Posted 09 December 2019 - 04:39 AM

Nice to have the attribution with the sword...congrats!




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