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.