kaiken ( personal dagger). Imperial Japanese Military.


This very rare signed Japanese Officer's Kaiken (Personal dirk/dagger). Swords such as these were meant to be carried by a Navy pilot for his Kamikaze mission by air or in a Naval Kaiten (manned suicide torpedo). ( Would display well with Lt Taiji Yagi’s battle flag ! ) 

Very similar kaiken featured in the book Japanese Military and Civil Swords and Dirks by Richard Fuller.

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