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Japanese M1889 Type 32 Cavalry Sabre Sword Gunto

The Japanese Model 1889 Type 32 cavalry sabre has a machined blade with katana-like tip and was manufactured at the Kokura Arsenal according to the marks on the guard.  The sword was in service during the Russo-Japanese War, World War One and World War Two.  Two patterns of the Type 32 were produced, the earlier one known as ‘Ko,’ was issued to cavalry NCOs. The second pattern known as ‘Otsu,’ was issued to army transport NCOs and soldiers and was shorter.  This sword for sale is an early ‘Ko’ pattern Type 32 cavalry sabre produced with the distinctive leather finger loop, checkered grips and with a slightly different opening to the scabbard. The sword is complete with its steel scabbard with a single hanger-ring, a working locking-catch, and a clearly marked serial number on the ricasso of the blade "73475".   Dimensions: Length with scabbard: 100 cm (39.37 inches) Length without scabbard: 96 cm (37.79 inches)