~ WW2 Era Japanese Naval Officers Dagger (Dirk) ~
This is a mid-war pattern piece, better quality than the later ones.
The blade is made to resemble the traditional Japanese katana being built with fullers on both sides, a habaki (blade locket/ferrule) made of decorated gilded copper and two brass seppa (spacers), one on each side of the gilded brass guard.
On the blades edge is the ‘Sugu’ (straight) pattern hamon, specific to the wartime factory made blades.
The grip is made of bamboo covered with white shagreen and brass wire.
The pommel is made of brass decorated with a cherry blossom and leaves.
The grip is also decorated with two menuki (ornaments) shaped as cherry blossoms.
The guard bears, on the blade side, the Japanese navy stamp - the cherry blossom with an anchor inside.
The grip is fitted with a lock.
The scabbard is made of brown leather covered bamboo with brass fittings, also decorated with cherry blossom and leaves.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade is 8.2 inches (20.9 cm) and the overall length of the dagger is 13.4 inches (34 cm).
In its scabbard the dagger length is 16.8 inches (42.5 cm).
It weighs 260 grams.
~ Condition ~
The dagger is in good condition for its age. The blade has four serious nicks and the tip is blunt (done on purpose by someone in the past).
There is also some amount of rust and loss of chrome towards the tip of the blade.
The grip has some amount of shagreen loss from wear but its fittings and wire are in good condition.
The scabbard fittings are good but the leather has a fair amount of wear including a hole on the lower end where the brass chape is attached.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £18 or the dirk can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.