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#1 Guillaume L

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 06:03 PM

Hi everyone, I picked what I believe is my first real Type 98. There's only the smith signature which read as Toshichika Yamada. I found no stamp or date. The saya is wood wrapped in leather. What else can I tell you to help me? :)

Here's a few pictures, I can provide more on request.

https://photos.app.g...FBB3kO427nkHg72

Just hope I paid a fair price for what it is and it's not Chinese.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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#2 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 07:24 PM

It's legit. It's a fair price if you like what you got!

The cord looks like it was added later, but everything else looks original.

#3 Guillaume L

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 07:45 PM

Arigatou gozaimasu Bruce. I live in Canada and in my area we rarely see old blades.

Now the next question is, is it a showato or a gendaito. I tend more on the showato side.

Also, I've been trying to get a clear understanding of "machine made blades" vs hand forged. Which one it is for my specimen.
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#4 Dave R

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:53 PM

The only "machine made" blades are for bayonets, and possibly NCO swords. It's a shorthand term, and much overused, for every type of non traditional blade! Don't worry, the term keeps cropping up but ignores the realities of blade production in the early 20th century.

 

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#5 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 02:01 AM

By the looks of the nakago, it appears to be WWII era in manufacturing, but gendaito or Showato, impossible to say with those pics. Like you said, likely showato.

#6 David Flynn

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 02:33 AM

By the style of mei and hamon.  Showato.


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#7 Guillaume L

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 03:25 AM

Any chance for us to be able to figure out how it was manufactured?
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#8 Stephen

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 03:45 AM

Read up on the process of WW2 mass produced blades.
You have been pretty much told.
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#9 PNSSHOGUN

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 07:59 AM

Mill steel, drawn out, shaped by power hammer and differentially hardened in oil.

 

The cord is probably original and used to secure the blade in the Saya in place of a normal locking mechanism. Seen more often on Kai Gunto, there was an informative discussion on this a few topics back.


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#10 Guillaume L

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 03:53 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies, I appreciate it! I'll keep the sword as is and go through the normal steps to protect the blade and try to prevent the rest of the sword from being damaged furthermore.
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#11 BANGBANGSAN

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:06 AM

This sword made by Showa Seki smith -Toshichika“ (敏周), civilian name Yamada Shuzo (山田週三), born May 28th 1895, he worked as gunto smith and died February 20th 1973 .


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