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#1 Stegel

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 05:46 AM

As the snow flakes fall and the landscape whitens, what are you gonna do? put on your winter camo fatigues of course!

Now you would expect your trusty Gunto to come to the party...and it does!!!

 

Took some pics earlier today for a fellow board member here, who asked me to see my Type 95 gunto's in winter camo, which i thought i'd share here with you.

These would of been used in Manchuria and probably also the Aleutian island campaign near Alaska.

 

After 70 yrs or so, the paint has become more of an off white, almost cream in colour, then again perhaps it was that to start with anyway - i can't be sure.

 

The first photo shows a 'normal' type 95 with olive drab scabbard for comparison, It and the first winter camo aluminium handled sword are made by the Tokyo 1st Arsenal through the Suya subcontractor, The following two swords are made by Seki and the Nagoya Arsenal.

 

If you look closely, you will notice that the Aluminium handle was also painted white, as is evidenced by the paint remains in the folds of the aluminium.

 

The last one is a pattern 5, the first of the wooden handles, so fairly late in the war.

 

Hope you all enjoy.

 

 

 

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#2 Shamsy

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 06:30 AM

I likewise have an identical sword made by the Tokyo First Arsenal through the Suya subcontractor, showing considerable wear unfortunately.

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#3 Greg F

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 07:30 AM

Very cool winter camo swords guys. But in regards to the weather I'd rather not think about winter yet as i love this nice hot weather we've got for now haha. All the best.

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 07:33 AM

If it wasn't for the NMB forum, there would not be the opportunity to see these wonderful examples of very RARE GUNTO. Just when you think that you've got a fairly complete collection, another example surfaces. Makes you wonder what else may be out there, lurking in an attic or corner of a garage some where.
All I ask is that members continue to share their prize GUNTO, and give the rest of us the pleasure of viewing their treasures. Thanks guys for the posts. Neil.
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#5 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 09:26 AM

If it wasn't for the NMB forum, there would not be the opportunity to see these wonderful examples of very RARE GUNTO. Just when you think that you've got a fairly complete collection, another example surfaces. Makes you wonder what else may be out there, lurking in an attic or corner of a garage some where.All I ask is that members continue to share their prize GUNTO, and give the rest of us the pleasure of viewing their treasures. Thanks guys for the posts. Neil.


Steve & Stegel - I completely agree with Neil - THANK YOU! These are fabulous!!!

And Neil- my folks lived out in the countryside of east Texas. Everytime I drove through that area, with it's old homesteads full of retired old folks, I can't help but look at each house as I go by and think "I bet there's a great gunto leaning in the closet of that house!!!" :)
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#6 SwordGuyJoe

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 09:43 AM

I never knew of such a thing. Thanks for sharing.

#7 Julien

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 12:45 AM

Hello guys 

 

here a picture of a Arisaka Bayonet winter paint i already buy in the past

 

just sharing 

 

regards 

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Merci / Regards / Arigato / どうもありがとう

 

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 09:42 AM

Hi Julien,

Thank you for the picture of the bayonet! That's a really special piece and great to see the paint has that same off cream colour! Keep a hold of that one.

Here is my Muckden bayonet in the white canvas covered scabbard. These are winter covers that LaBar states would have been used in places like the Aleutian Islands. Since this example and another I have seen are both Muckden arsenal made, it's reasonable to assume they were issues to troops in China during the harsh winters.

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#9 Flying Dutchman

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 11:47 PM

This is mine first post on this site.

This sword has a white scaddard so I post it here.

I know this sword is from Birma, and from the second world war.
But that is al I know, mine Grandfather didn't spoke much about the war.

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#10 Flying Dutchman

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 11:58 PM

I ment white scabbard

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 11:59 PM

Welcome Gert, Showato seki blade which is a signed Yoshihisa and showa stamp. String wrap saya was often done by service men, mostly Navy men on the way home or down time. 

Looking forward to your other blades, and thank you to your Grandpapa for his service


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#12 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 08:00 AM

Agree with Stephen, nice Japanese WWII officer gunto! The string-wrapped saya (scabbards) are rare and I would consider them a collector's item because of that. The fact that it was done by sailors returning from the war just adds to their wartime history.




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