Japanese Type 32 Cavalry Troopers Sword. IJA Model 1899 Cavalry Ko

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The Type 32 (Model 1899) had a machined blade and was manufactured at the Tokyo Hohei Kosho Arsenal. The sword saw service during the Russo-Japanese War, World War One and on into World War Two.

Two patterns of the Type 32 were produced. The first pattern, known as ‘Ko,’ was issued to cavalry troopers and had a blade length of around 830mm. The second pattern, known as ‘Otsu,’ was issued to army NCOs and was shorter, with a blade length of around 770mm. 

This example is a great condition ‘Ko’ pattern Type 32 cavalry trooper’s sword. 

The 830mm Katana profile blade has a single edge and long, narrow fuller below the flat spine. The slightly curved blade is in good condition with minimal age related marks and small, isolated spots of tarnish and shallow pitting at the point. The blade was service sharpened. The ricasso is stamped with the serial number 23928. The blade was designed for cutting and thrusting and was superbly good at both.

The steel D guard has a crosshatched steel back strap and dove head pommel in excellent condition. The crosshatched wooden grip is in similarly excellent condition. The hilt retains its leather finger loop and the locking catch is present and strong. The front of the guard bears Tokyo arsenal and inspection stamps.

The sword is complete with its blackened steel scabbard, with a single hanger-ring. The scabbard is in very good condition and retains its original chemically blackened finish. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard. The locking catch works perfectly.

This is an increasingly hard to find Imperial Japanese cavalry trooper’s Type 32 ko sword in great, honest condition.