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#1 Johncstroud

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Posted 22 July 2016 - 04:41 AM

Not often you find a match to your own sword on ebay!the mei,s are almost exactly same as are the swords.!I still dont know for sure what the kanji reads.but I think its cool.

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Posted 22 July 2016 - 05:27 AM

Can't speak to the mei, but the aresenal stamp is Toyokawa Naval Arsenal.

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Posted 22 July 2016 - 01:41 PM

Its seems to me that this style of koshirai is more common than I had first thought.I found this photo of a sword factory in Japan
courtesy of Fred Lohmans website which Armory was not stated.

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Posted 22 July 2016 - 02:18 PM

Does anyone know if this koshirai was used by a specific division ? I know there seems to be much controversy over the so called Naval landing forces swords.could any elaborate as to the year they were made and possibly by whom? I would be ever so grateful.

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Posted 22 July 2016 - 03:23 PM

I saw many of this easy build kai gunto. All prices around $500.

 

The shape of the sword looks terrible for me.

 

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Navy and Airforce have two ashi on the saya. This is not a naval ashi.



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Posted 22 July 2016 - 03:32 PM

That Kissaki hurts the eyes


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Posted 22 July 2016 - 04:20 PM

I believe perhaps it was broken and then reground but mine measures 24 3/4 @ the machi mune making them nearly identical in length.

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Posted 22 July 2016 - 04:40 PM

Correction the blade on ebay is 1/4 inch shorter.

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Posted 22 July 2016 - 04:53 PM

If you have one for sale I would gladly buy it from you for that price!

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Posted 23 July 2016 - 04:12 AM

I saw many of this easy build kai gunto. All prices around $500.
 
The shape of the sword looks terrible for me.
 
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Navy and Airforce have two ashi on the saya. This is not a naval ashi.


While the standard Navy kai-gunto had 2 ashi, this version was quite common, and WAS Navy. I'm on the road and don't have my books, but there are multiple sources that verify this version as Navy. They were believed to have been used by Naval officers stationed on land, working with the Army. The standard statement is that they believed the army fittings would stand up better in land combat. But the fittings were gold-guilded and fitted on navy saya and tsuka. The blades are always kai-gunto blades.

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Posted 23 July 2016 - 05:45 AM

I appreciate your response Bruce any info you could pull up on this style of kaigunto is very helpful in unraveling this mystery .it seems there are a few critics.but the important thing is to preserve every piece of history so future generations may benefit
no matter how small.Sure wish I could find out more about this smith. He certainly seemed to be quite consistent when you compare the two.

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Posted 23 July 2016 - 02:58 PM

I found this kanji symbol that closely matches could someone tell me what it is andif it is the same.

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Posted 24 July 2016 - 01:35 AM

John, seems translators are occupied elsewhere for the moment. Have you ever tried the Wehrmacht site? They seem to have more active translators right now.

http://www.wehrmacht...isplay.php?f=59
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Posted 24 July 2016 - 02:25 AM

I had not seen that one before I will check it out .Thank you Bruce.have another question have you noticed the differences in the toyokawa stamps ?

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Posted 24 July 2016 - 10:37 AM

John, seems translators are occupied elsewhere for the moment.

Yep..probably in the translation section. Who woulda thunk it?  :dunno:


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Posted 24 July 2016 - 03:10 PM

Duely noted,I was under the impression that the translation section was reserved for nihonto related requests.None the less Thank you.

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Posted 24 July 2016 - 06:17 PM

I had not seen that one before I will check it out .Thank you Bruce.have another question have you noticed the differences in the toyokawa stamps ?


John, I don't see the difference? Yours looks like it was polished over, which fuzzed out the detail. What is it that looks different to you?

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Posted 24 July 2016 - 06:24 PM

Yep..probably in the translation section. Who woulda thunk it?  :dunno:


Brian, OMG, thanks for the tip! I've been on this forum for over a year, and never knew about that forum! Dang, there's LOTs of sword stuff going on over there!

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 09:42 AM

Hi Bruce , I have real doubts that this is a Naval sword . I live in Australia and have looked at thousands of swords that were bought back from the South West Pacific theatre of war and have never seen one of this pattern . It is possible that late in the war the Japanese couldn't get reinforcements through to the south West pacific area which accounts for their absence here .PersonallyI think that they were made in Japan really late in the war or more likely after the war from left over bits and pieces . I would be interested to hear Thomas's views on this .

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 04:27 PM

I believe mine here in Puerto Rico has the cherry blossoms on the pommel filed off .
Also the absence of the rising sun o-seppa
Suggest a surrendered blade.in respect to thestamps they seem to be deep struck and then chromed over. the other stamps seem larger with the barbs of the anchor more spread out.

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 04:36 PM

Not to mention mine looks like it came out of a jungle!

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 04:43 PM

One or more photos from PR

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 04:49 PM

Better lighting

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 08:29 PM

Hi Bruce , I have real doubts that this is a Naval sword . I live in Australia and have looked at thousands of swords that were bought back from the South West Pacific theatre of war and have never seen one of this pattern . It is possible that late in the war the Japanese couldn't get reinforcements through to the south West pacific area which accounts for their absence here .PersonallyI think that they were made in Japan really late in the war or more likely after the war from left over bits and pieces . I would be interested to hear Thomas's views on this .Ian Brooks.

Ian, I've heard both theories too - late war production using IJA parts (but why are they gold-guilded?) and piece-together. I'm on the road and don't have my books with me, but I'm pretty sure Dawson or F&G have these discussed as legitimate IJN for land use. I'll update in a couple of days. I'll also check on the rising sun tsuba question.

My problem with the "pieced-together" theory is that I've been trying to find pieces to finishe the saya of my dad's Mantetsu saya, and a chuso, and have given up! The variations of size are too great to claim that all the marine-landing gunto I've seen on the market and in collections were successfully fitted together from various parts.

I'm posting a pic from a close friend who has one that is, for sure, a gunto collected on Iwo Jima.

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 08:45 PM

Its army late war. Shingunto fittings. Stainless steel blades for jungle use.
All these swords missing the sun ray seppas. One seppa integrated on the fuchi.
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Posted 25 July 2016 - 10:51 PM

Its army late war. Shingunto fittings. Stainless steel blades for jungle use.
All these swords missing the sun ray seppas. One seppa integrated on the fuchi.

Interesting idea, Thomas, but why would the fittings be gold-guilded, and the nakago has a Toyokawa navy arsenal stamp?

Here's another one, identical, on an auction site. Toyokawa Navy Arsenal, gold-guilded army fittings, no rising-sun rays.

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Posted 26 July 2016 - 02:04 AM

Whats different with my sword the fuchi is a
Naval style fuchi and all the numbers match all 45 matching the symbols on the blade as well.

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Posted 26 July 2016 - 02:24 AM

One thing is sure anything that holds its edge for 71 years is one bad mamajama.
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Posted 26 July 2016 - 01:41 PM

I have seen lots of these swords over the years still in the hands of the veterans who brought them back. The swords were always in excellent condition unless they had been stored in a barn or tool shed. Without exception they picked them up in Japan after the war ended. I believe the swords are a late war pattern that was never actually issued, and our occupation troops cleaned out the warehouse.

 

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Posted 26 July 2016 - 03:38 PM

I have seen lots of these swords over the years still in the hands of the veterans who brought them back. The swords were always in excellent condition unless they had been stored in a barn or tool shed. Without exception they picked them up in Japan after the war ended. I believe the swords are a late war pattern that was never actually issued, and our occupation troops cleaned out the warehouse.
 
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Sounds right. The swords has all army look and all menukis are the army type. Never seen army menuki on kaigunto. Only civil menuki and tsuba are found.
I have never owen one, cus somehow I dont like them. They are like frankenstein, IMO.
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