This is an original 1930s to WWII era Imperial Japanese Army gunto sword tsuka. The condition is very good and will be a fantastic candidate for a restoration project. The wrapping, wood core, same skin, menuki, fuchi and kabutogane are all in great shape and can be used right now without doing anything to them. The barrel nut that holds the sarute is missing one side. See the photos, every part is shown in detail. The tsuka measures a total length of 213 mm (approx. 8-7/8 inches). The opening for the sword tang (wood core part) is approx. 24 mm x 7 mm. The opening on the fuchi is a tiny bit bigger. From top of tsuka (with fuchi on) to the center of the peg hole is 28 mm. It's absolutely guaranteed to be an original war era tsuka. The size suggests it was for a wakizashi size blade, which would have been perfect for a tank commander or airplane pilot. Officers out in the field carried wakizashi size blades too though. Also the gold paint would suggest this was made in the latter part of WWII. I hope someone out there has a nice blade to go with this because this is a very nice tsuka. See my other auctions for more unusual items from Japan. Win multiple auctions to save on shipping costs. Thank you very much for the interest and good luck bidding.
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