Nambu World: Type 94 Mystery Canvas Holster
Most Type 94 holsters were made of
pigskin or leather, but towards the end of the war these materials became
scarce. A small number of Type 94 holsters were made of canvas. They are fairly
rare nowadays. I obtained this one in 2004 through a collector of
late Type 94 pistols and accessories in the
gFirst of all there are many slight variations in the thread color, canvas weave, leather type, [number of] stitches per inch, proof marks (or lack thereof),
snap color and D-ring size and finish. The earlier (we assume) tight weave [holsters] seem to have some transitional features from the leather (cowhide
or pigskin) holsters. Among all Type 94 holsters that I am positive are original there runs the gambit of cadmium plated, nickel plated, black painted,
large extra & thick nickel plated and brass/copper. [Most are not proof marked]. I have only two that are proofed by
. I've never seen a Tokyo proofed yet, which is funny because the guns are all Nagoyas. One has an ink stamp and one is pressed into the leather; all were marked Nagoya
on the belt loop. The thread patterns are also all over the place. There are combinations like pink stitching for the flap and natural for the body
(this is the most common that I've seen), all natural (this seems to be the second most common one) and all pink (this seems to be the rarer one).
I also have one that has a pink [stitched] flap a pink [stitched] mag pouch and the rest is natural. The snaps come in all kinds of colors and
materials. There are several shades of brown and green for canvas. I also have one LW and TW canvas holster with a nickel snap. Some of
the snaps are marked [inside] with the English WDOG TMCo., but I've also heard of others. My marked ones are nickel plated and cadmium
plated. Stitching can be from 4.5 to 7 threads per inch. And lastly, the canvas itself can be several different shades from OD green to a very
light almost natural color.h
Anyway, enough talk, letfs look at some photos. Here is a shot of the back.
This shot shows it open.
Here is the
This is the inside of the snap. I was surprised at first that it had English writing inside. It turned out to be the trademark (KANE-M) of a Japanese snap manufacturer, Morito & Co., that was established in 1908, so I could not conclude that it was of post-war manufacture on the basis of these markings alone. I do not know when the company started using them. I note, however, that none of my other Type 94 holsters have writing inside the snaps.
Here is my Type 94, spare mag and cleaning rod in the holster.
With the gun and accessories inside the holster looks properly gfilled outh.
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