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#11622 01/17/2010 04:35 AM
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Just got this Imperial Naval dirk, I really like the detail/guality in the fittings on these 1st models. I removed the stud with the cherry blossom in the grip to see if there was a signature on the tang as it is a hand forged blade, but it was so tight I decided against it for now.

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,,Awesome piece Mike,Congrats.


In Memory of Joe Mann
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very nice..i have always had a keen interest in these dirks..

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Note the near mint fish skin covering on the scabbard.

This is clearly one of the nicest examples I have seen.

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This isn't the early pattern dirk BUT it is the early variant of the WW2 dagger with ray skin covered scabbard. I believe they're all machine made blades. I've seen a few extremely rare examples that had wide, tanto style blades. The whole dagger & scabbard were custom built (proportions changed) to accept old blade.

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This is in my collection. A bit diferent motives. Any comments? What period is it?


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bottom scabbard

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Later variation than Mikes. 1944 - 1945 is my guess

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Hi Jareth,

The first dirk posted is a Meiji period naval dirk. The fittings are quite different that the WWII naval dirks. It also has a hand forged blade in it. I am the one who sold it to Mike.

The second one posted by M|ke_PL is a WWII era naval dirk. The late war variant can be identified by the lack of a habaki and sometimes plastic fittings.

Funny I picked up another first pattern naval dirk with a forged blade about 2 1/2 weeks ago. I will post some pics in a separate thread shortly

Bill Rannow
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