Hi all, this cap came into my possession a while ago along with some collar tabs. Being German and not a Japanese collector I will be moving it on but before doing so wanted to know a bit more about it and make sure it was what I thought it to be - false advertising is not something I want to be accused of.
Firstly, the material is an unusual weave with thin threads traversing the other threads at 90 degrees ( at least I have not seen this type of weave before ).
Also the sweat band is a woven type and quite thin - in fact, the whole cap seems a bit flimsy ..... either "last ditch" or training but sure wouldn't stand up to much hard handling. The chinstrap is also like cardboard and is certainly only decorative and not functional. Finally there is a character stamp on the inside crown ( at the rear ) .... I don't know what it means?
So, what do the Japanese WW2 experts think I have ... it looks and feels the part but to me is just so lightweight?