An original and fine example of a Japanese WW2 Naval Officer's Dress Dirk Dagger. This is a relatively scarce WW2 naval officer's dirk and few turn up that are complete as with this piece. I believe this to be a late-war example as the materials used are not of the same kind of quality that were encountered in pre-war and early war naval dirks. The materials used in earlier dirks were later needed for the war effort.
Complete with scabbard
The dirk comprises a moulded composite "fishskin" grip bound with copper or brass twistwire and gilded brass hilt mounts. The blade is plain and the dirk comes complete with a wooden lacquered scabbard with brass mounts. Overall condition of the dirk is very good. Blade length is 8.25 inches (13 inches overall).
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