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#1 Akira182

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 08:59 PM

Hello, this is my first post in this site and I hope someone can help me here. I'm from PERU and there isn't almost no way to get a katana here because there isn't a lot a people selling them or because you have to get a lot of permissions to import a bladed weapon or any kind of weapon actually. But recently I found a person who is selling his WW2 Gunto Katana on the internet here in my city. He has posted some pictures of the blade, so I wanted to ask if someone can tell approximately if this Katana is authetic or not and give an appraisal if it is possible.

 

Here are the pictures posted by the seller, They are the only pictures and info that I have because I have to actually click on "purchase" to contact with the seller.

 

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The seller's description:

"WW2 GUNTO KANTANA
ORIGINAL Japanese KATANA
UNIQUE IN PERU
COMPLETELY GOOD CONDITION, REAL EDGE
TAMAHAGANE STEEL"

 

The seller is asking $900 (USD) for the katana and I want to know if it is possible to know if the price is right.

 

I know that maybe they aren't enough to tell with certain if it is authentic or not but I will really appreciate your opinions.

 

Thank you,

 

Akira



#2 SAS

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 09:16 PM

Hard to say from pictures, but as a non expert i would say that condition is too good and price too low to be authentic......Chinese fakes are everywhere these days and look pretty good. More informed collectors will comment soon, I am sure.


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#3 Kai-Gunto

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 09:19 PM

Wrong scabbard , its for a NCO shingunto. I would stay away.
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#4 ROKUJURO

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 10:20 PM

The pictures are not very helpful but to me it looks as if the TSUKA ITO (handle wrap) is quite new and not done in the traditional Japanese way. The YAKIBA on the blade looks etched. A close-up photo of the NAKAGO would reveal more.

A decision after only these photos is difficult!   


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#5 Kai-Gunto

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 10:23 PM

A mixed sword ,done post-war.
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#6 kusunokimasahige

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Posted 20 August 2015 - 12:20 AM

With images of that quality and composition I would not even consider going there.


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#7 charlie1

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 03:58 AM

 I'd stay away from this one for sure. Its a shame you can't import blades into Peru b/c of the red tape.


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#8 Shamsy

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 11:39 AM

A mixed sword ,done post-war.


Agreed. That's a type 95 saya. The pic are very low resolution though, so hard to say if the parts are authentic or not.
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