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#91 Hamfish

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 12:42 PM

Hi Neil, thanks for sharing

 

they look great,  the type 94 with single hanger has a rear pinned kabuto-gane, could you please post some sweat photos of them both.

 

some really top condition Imperal swords and a Generals grade one to boot.

 

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 01:02 PM

Hi Hamfish, hope these pics help, Neil.

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 01:08 PM

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Very nice 94 and general  98.

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 01:54 PM

Hi Hamfish, yes the 94 is pinned, the 98 is drilled, do you have any thoughts on this> Neil.

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 11:41 AM

Hello all. Unusual ito on the tsuka ? Has anyone seen one like this before ? Civillian tsuba and a fully wooden saya lacquered in a rough brown colour with the remains of a navy tassel. This ensemble housed a koto blade norinaga that I am still waiting to arrive ! Chris D.

 

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 12:22 AM

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Unusual arrangment, but not unheard-of. Can you give us details and pics of the blade? By the looks of the Kabu, sarute, and seppa, it looks to be a high-quality set-up. I'm betting the blade is old and/or family because of the tsuba.

Unless someone has seen this ito type before, I'd say it is something done after the war. Do you have any history on the gunto?

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 01:48 AM

The Tsuka has been rebound.  The ito, is too new to match the fittings.


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 08:49 AM

Hi Hamfish, hope these pics help, Neil.

Wow, that Generals sword is as good as it gets, the tassel alone is worth ludicrous $$$. A jewel in any Japanese army sword collection.


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Posted 18 January 2017 - 04:35 AM

Some pics of my YASUKUNI TO, YASUNORI (Kotani). Aluminium SAYA, twin feathers MON, Lt Colonel. Neil.

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 05:52 AM

Any more pics of the blade?

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 07:37 AM

OK, this one probably doesn't fit the HIGH CLASS category, but it is one of my prized specimens. It is an original leather combat covered '98 GUNTO. The leather is in poor condition, the tassel is frayed, the leather TZUKA cover marked, the surrender tag on its last legs and the blade is an ordinary SHOWA TO. BUT, the leather has never been removed to expose what is below, the TZUKA has never been removed as the blade is NO treasure..... So why? I just wanted to own (and respect) a sword that was used in war, brought back by a Vet, and kept the way it was in 1945. It has been there, and LOOKS like it.
I have been tempted to knock out the MEKUGI, but resisted, I want at least one WW2 sword to pass to the next generation as is, untouched. Hope you can relate to this. Neil.

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 07:40 AM

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 01:14 PM

OK, this one probably doesn't fit the HIGH CLASS category, but it is one of my prized specimens. It is an original leather combat covered '98 GUNTO. The leather is in poor condition, the tassel is frayed, the leather TZUKA cover marked, the surrender tag on its last legs and the blade is an ordinary SHOWA TO. BUT, the leather has never been removed to expose what is below, the TZUKA has never been removed as the blade is NO treasure..... So why? I just wanted to own (and respect) a sword that was used in war, brought back by a Vet, and kept the way it was in 1945. It has been there, and LOOKS like it.
I have been tempted to knock out the MEKUGI, but resisted, I want at least one WW2 sword to pass to the next generation as is, untouched. Hope you can relate to this. Neil.

 The problem here is if there is any active corrosion on the nakago, in which case it will not go on to the next generation "as is" but continue to degrade. These swords were made in the manner they are for a reason, which was to facilitate care and maintenance. Nice to see a complete package like this otherwise, and thanks for posting the pictures.


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Posted 25 January 2017 - 02:31 PM

Ok Dave, took your advice, took off TZUKA, (a bit of gentle persuasion needed), and no active corrosion to speak of. A YOSHIMICHI SHOWATO blade. Kinda sorry I did it, but if that's what it takes, so be it.
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Posted 25 January 2017 - 04:08 PM

Ok Dave, took your advice, took off TZUKA, (a bit of gentle persuasion needed), and no active corrosion to speak of. A YOSHIMICHI SHOWATO blade. Kinda sorry I did it, but if that's what it takes, so be it.


And honestly, Neil, you haven't "done" anything to it, any more than the original owner would have done regularly himself. But I understand. It is "preserve as is" collector practice, which is cool.
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Posted 04 December 2017 - 12:32 PM

This thread needs some more nice Gunto, here's my now complete Field grade Kyu Gunto with correct tassel.

 

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 07:38 PM

What a beautiful blade, John!
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Posted 04 December 2017 - 10:52 PM

Nice John! This is a great thread to see what exists out there in the hands of GUNTO collectors. Could we see more posts, as I love seeing what exists hidden away in collections.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 07:37 AM

I'd love to see a Minagotawa Shrine Kai Gunto or Imperial Gift Type 94/98.


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 07:59 AM

I like a GUNTO with the uncommon "blackened" fittings. This one is on an equally uncommon shark-skin saya. The black is not a paint, but appears to be an oxidized silver plating. Even the Menuki are blackened. High class? Don't know, rare, YEP.  

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:42 AM

Hi Neil,

 

Very unusual configuration. Never seen one before. I like it a lot! Thanks for sharing.

 

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#112 Hamfish

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:27 AM

very cool, its like they were attempting a SHAKUDO styled patina with out the cost


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 01:20 PM

Example on ohmura with similar blackened fittings with very high quality mounts and blade:

 

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 05:02 PM

Cool Neil! And good example, John! I'd say it was a quality upgrade, Neil. Is the blade special too?

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:36 PM

This one is the best i have.

 

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 12:57 PM

Dear All,

 

Let me contribute to the archive with the version I have.

 

Best regards and have a great day

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 01:19 PM

Nice clean example Erwin


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Posted 19 December 2017 - 07:35 PM

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 08:50 PM

attachicon.gifyamatototip.jpgattachicon.gifyamatob.jpgattachicon.gifyamato.jpgYamato Tegai School in D guard mounts. Last battle for a 800 year old soldier

Someone did a bad repair job on the handle. Does the wood look new?
But thats a Very nice blade.
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Posted 19 December 2017 - 11:58 PM

i can only agree with Thomas. a pleasing blade to look at, as well as the hole piece BUT that tsuka is a real downer on the whole . if it was me I would be looking at a correct restoration


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