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#1 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 03:56 AM

I was excited to pick up this item because it's almost identical to the one depicted on Dawson's book, pages 156-158! Sadly, the chrome is coming off in isolated spots. Nakago has small inspector stamp, probably a Seki.

My impression is that these were made during the gunto shortage of the mid-to-late '30s. It seems to be made by the same process as the NCO Type 95 blades, but chromed to "officer-ize" it, and obviously no serial number. The whole thing seems to have quite a bit of wear as the tsuka ito is fully darkened by hand oil and the saya paint is heavily worn off in most areas.

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#2 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 04:05 AM

The one in Dawson:

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 09:42 AM

interesting piece.

 

could you do some better guality photos


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 09:51 AM

Very interesting blade Bruce. The saya was dark red colored?

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 09:55 AM

It looks like well forged with double bo and then chromed. For me it looks like a sword for a higher rank.

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 09:56 AM

Mune machi?

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 10:01 AM

A rare and unusual find, good pick Bruce.


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 10:26 AM

Bruce, you have out-GUNTO'D me! A nice/rare example.
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Posted 09 August 2017 - 01:06 PM

 Could it have been plated post war? Something that I have seen done even to a Nihonto in Buke-zukuri, (in the Royal Armouries no less.)


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 02:38 PM

Bruce   God love ya your one of few who post pix when clicked on the they get smaller...LOL


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#11 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 02:48 PM

Sorry for the bad pics, guys! It arrived as I was heading out for a work trip, so I snapped a few shots and posted before I had to head out.

I'll do a better job when I get back, which means it'll be Sun/Mon before I can do it.

Dave, I don't know how to tell if the chrome was done post-war. Is there a way? I kind of doubt it, though, since the blade in style and weight feels like a Type 95 in manufacture, and it looks idendical to the one in Dawson.

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 08:41 AM

Hi Bruce,

Congratulations with your new sword. It’s a nice sword. I don’t have Dawson's book but what is the story about this type of sword? Why is the blade chrome plated? I can’t figure out why. Protecting the blade with oil should be enough. Also, the chrome hides all the beauty of the blade and it’s no longer possible to sharpen the blade. This makes it almost useless.

It could be chrome plated post-war. Dave already mentioned this option. I have seen a lot of bayonets threated this way, all post war.

Regards, Ed


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 09:15 AM

Dawson doesn't identify the left sword (the one matching Bruce's) as chrome plated, only the right side one, which is the dress sword. The left hand sword matching Bruce's certainly looks chrome plated in the photo, but I wonder if that's just the picture. Dawson states "A Type 98 shin-gunto (left) and a rarely encountered shin-gunto dress sword (right)... The dress sword has a copper handle, a chrome plated blade, and a chrome plated scabbard."

Recent research has suggested that at one time all NCO swords were considered for chrome as a means to preserve the blade and prevent the process of sharpening and blunting of the blade during wartime:

"And the reverse outcome of dulling the blade as well as rust-proofing was hoped to be achieved by chrome-plating the sharpened blade and thus sheathing the edge in a layer of chrome, which they had been trying since 1932.

This dulling by chrome-plating was meant to be a reversible process, in which the blade was supposed to be returned to a sharp state by removing the plating at the edge at times of war. However, this plan of killing two birds with one stone (rust-proofing and dulling/sharpening) was not successful in the end."

Full credit to Nick Komiya.

Something similar?
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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:05 AM

Thanks Steve! Very informative.
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Posted 10 August 2017 - 02:33 PM

Back when i set up at local gun show a fellow brought in a wakizashi that someone had chromed entire blade and tsuba, the next time i seen it he had it dipped to remove chrome. problem was it removes all patina from nakago and tsuba. It did reveal a nice hamon that over time uchiko'd out to ok condition. 

Just a heads up if you want to remove chrome be sure the dipper does not  include nakago.


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 10:10 PM

I've taken better picutres and compared it to a Type 95 blade. It's definitely different and not made the same way. It is more koshi sori than the NCO, slightly shorter, slightly narrower. The weight feels quite close, with the difference only due to the dimentional differences. The bo-hi goes under the habaki, and stops sooner than the NCO. Obviously the nakago is shorter. So, while this may have been made from a single piece of steel, like the NCO, it was made specifically to be this kind of gunto.

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 10:16 PM

Bruce   God love ya your one of few who post pix when clicked on the they get smaller...LOL


Sorry about the size, Stephen, but when I try to upload full sized pics, the NMB software tells me it's too big. So I downsize them to get them posted.

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 10:17 PM

Very interesting blade Bruce. The saya was dark red colored?

Very interesting blade Bruce. The saya was dark red colored?


Chris, the red seems to be a thin undercoat. Looking in the dented areas, therefore unrubbed, the top coat is the dark IJA green.

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 10:34 PM

 To me, this looks like a custom order rather than a refurbished NCO blade. Face it, serious research into Shin-Gunto is in its infancy, we have a lot to find out. Also I would quote the old phrase used in the UK whenever there was a complaint or question about something odd or substandard, " haven't you heard, there is a war on!"


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Posted 10 September 2017 - 07:54 PM

Update: Picked up a sarute and Field grade tassel. Now it REALLY looks like the one in Dawson's book!

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 08:22 PM

Nice size photo!! ;)... i might think he was overly promoted but how are we to know...lol


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