This is a 1883 patterned WWII Imperial Japanese Naval officer dirk. This example is of later wartime construction with machine made blade. The plated blade shows heavy grain with some minor oxidizing and original tip. The blade length is 8 1/4 inches witha wee tiny wave or bend towards the tip. The crossguard is plated plastic or bake-lite. The grip is cast plastic. The saya (scabbard) is wood with leather covering and a good seam down the reverse. It has detailed upper and lower fittings. These later ones do not have the lock assembly rather just show holes where they were used earlier. Overall, a very nice example of a later Japanese Naval dirk. These are getting very scarce in this condition as most are at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean!
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