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#346977 06/16/2020 10:05 PM
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I found this toy sword/ whistle that I picked up maybe 20 years ago. I can't even remember where I bought it. It appears to be modeled after a Kyu-gunto sword, probably made after WWII. There is a whistle in the grip. The whole thing is 11" long with a 6 1/2 steel blade. Has anyone seen another?

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More pictures might help.

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Maybe these will help.

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Hard to say, Brian.

At 11", I would guess more of a letter opener or even WWII salesman's sample than Kinder Sword. It is the first miniature Japanese sword I have ever seen, but not as much Japanese stuff is posted here in the west.

Maybe try a Japanese sword forum ?

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Dave:
I tend to think it's more of a post war toy, especially with the whistle in the handle. With the blade being steel and pointed it might not be meant for kids though. Inquiring minds want to know.
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Haven't seen another. Are there Japanese motifs on blackstrap of handle? Certainly not a salesman sample. I'd agree with it being a toy

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There are long leaves and swirls on the backstrap. I'll try to get a good photo of it tomorrow. I've always thought it was a toy made before the war. All my post-war tin cars and other toys have JAPAN stamped in them. This has nothing. I guess kids back then weren't stupid enough to stab each other with it.

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Here is the backstrap.

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I found a slightly lager sword like this, same construction on ebay. It's up for sale right now at $175, no bids.

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