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Shin gunto 95 NCO type 5

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{Brian - could you move this to the Military Section, please?}

 

Steiner,

Very nice example!  The blade stamp is very lightly struck, but it should be a Seki stamp.  Mine is in the 211XXX range and it's a Seki. 

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It can be hard to determine.  I had 2 95s that were painted gold & black.  When I stripped them, the original paint was underneath the late-war one, but the early one had been totally stripped to the bare metal before repainting.  They had even painted the blade!

 

One way to check is to remove the scabbard throat.  There is a single screw, visible above, once removed, the throat piece come out.  It has a tab that often has the original paint.  If it's different, you have proof of re-paint.  If the same, then it could be original (or the guy that did the repaint went to that detail on the job).

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Do I see brush marks? If so, was that normal practice rather than spraying? Maybe not?

 

Also, is the (variation) reddish brown colour normal .... rather than the 'olive drab' which I realise comes in different shades but its still olive drab colour.

 

Rob  

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Scabbard colours come in many shades, the standard is the OD, but there are Dk and Lt Browns, jungle greens which are darker than the OD, winter camo in a white which is usually found as an off white/cream after 70 yrs and of course the controversial black amongst a few others such as almost a Salmon red/brown.

Some are period paint overs, others appear to be arsenal done, however, i don't think every colour was sprayed on from what i've seen.

The trend seems to be that Tokyo 1st favoured a semi-matt in the black, while nearly all gloss blacks have been from Nagoya.

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I looked deeper in paintshop into the coloring pictures and think it is original paint. It is rough paint yes, but you find so many colors of this sword from white, brown, red, greenish, black. Ony the blade is out of polish. But overall a nice one. As you now, i like the style of the late stage type95 very much.

 

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