This is a nice 1883 pattern Imperial Japanese Naval Officer Dirk with all the features guys want! The single fullered blade on this one is nice but it does suffer some age towards the tip. This you likely could polish out with some elbow grease. The fit is snug and the tip is perfectly pointed! The blade rates Exc+. It has a faux temper line. Really nice to see as we only see the feature on less than 5% of these. The blade measures approx 8 1/4 inches long,(measured from the habaki). The black saya (scabbard) is wood based and covered in polished shark-skin. Looks great with almost all the lacquer remaining! The saya has two brass based scalloped fittings. They show wonderful detail with several leaves and cherry blossoms throughout. The top clip works well! The brass based gilded crossguard looks good and is maker marked marked, with an up-to-now unidentified maker,Fuller & Gregory, “Japanese Military and Civil Swords and Dirks”, pg 227. The ferrule and pommel cap are also brass based. They are nicely detailed with random pebbling a cherry blossom and leaves. The grip is tightly triple brass wire wrapped, over a white pebbled ray skin. It has two cherry blossoms over the mekugi (peg). A great example of a Japanese Naval dirk
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