WWII Japanese Test Type 1 Paratrooper Knife (Bayonet)
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Sold Date: 03/06/2011
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Militaria & Weapons
Original WWII Japanese Test Type 1 knife – bayonet,complete with issued frog and scabbard. Long referred to as the Type 100 “paratrooper” bayonet, these knives were issued to Japanese paratroopers and the 1 st Japanese Army Ranger Force (Dai-ichi Rikugun Teishin-dan) during WWII. Besides the employment of various traditional daggers ( tantō) and issued pocket knives, the Test Type 1 and the Special Purpose Test Type 1 stand as the only combat / side knives issued by the Imperial Japanese Army.
These knives / bayonets were produced at the Toyada Jido Shokki Seisakusho Arsenal, otherswise known as “Toyada Automatic Loom Works” or “TALW”. The condition of the bayonet / knife is very good. The blued fullered blade is in very good condition with most all of the blue remaining. Blade is straight and unbent. The other metal parts are in very good condition as well. There is one small dent near the pommel end on the left side. Wood grips are in very good condition as are the grip rivets. Push button is in good working order.The TALW Arsenal mark is located on the tang. Bayonet has a very low serial number – 222 . The pommel end also has a Nagoya inspector mark as well (see Labar – LB-234, p. 328 for reference). Original metal scabbard is in good condition with some thinning to the blue and one very shallow dent to the backside.
Bayonet comes with the original single loop pigskin frog which is of the type commonly found on these types of knives / bayonets. The frog loop has a unique piece of cloth attached to it that could have served as a grip retaining strap (note that the bayonet does fit snug into the scabbard). Both rivets are present though there is some slight separation near the right rivet. Frog scabbard retaining strap is complete and unbroken. Stitching is tight throughout.Please consider this rare, very nice, and complete Test Type 1 paratrooper knife / bayonet for your collection. We are unable to ship our bayonets to some locations outside the USA. If you are an interested non- US bidder please inquire before placing a bid. ************************************************************* Welcome and thank you for your interest in our auction. Please read before bidding: Detailed Seller Ratings (DSRs) Ebay has implemented changes to the Detailed Seller Rating (DSR) system, which we believe needs to be further explained to bidders. If you are a domestic buyer, you will be asked to give us a detailed seller rating during the feedback process. This involves rating us on a scale of 1 to 5 stars with respect to the item; being as described, communication, shipping time, and shipping costs. DSR’s are a big part of eBay’s seller evaluation criteria; so much so that even a seller with thousands of feedback and a 100% positive feedback rating can still find his or her account restricted or even suspended if DSR’s are not within certain standards. E-bay, to my knowledge, does not educate buyers regarding this policy, and as such, buyers often do not know that even giving a 4 out of 5 star rating, which is intuitively excellent, can have a very negative effect on a seller’s account. We value our customers and appreciate everyone who bids on our auctions. Please contact us if you do not feel as though you can leave us 5 star ratings for all aspects of your transaction and we will make every attempt to address your concerns. Bidding INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: We welcome international bidders in most cases. However, international bidders are required to contact us before bidding on any item. It is our experience that the shipping costs displayed using the shipping calculator are often incorrect for international shipping. We ask international buyers to contact us beforehand so that expectations concerning shipping costs can be clearly established before the end of the auction. Certain considerations are made before allowing an international bid. It is our intention to abide by all customs laws. We can not under-declare the value...
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