Finding one is a fluke, finding a second is a coincidence, finding three is a trend. Photos are attached of three genuine late war WW2 swords, that have attributes of the 98 and type3, BUT ALSO unique parts common to all three.
1. The handle wrap pattern and material is the same in all three . Under the wrap is a "drab olive" painted tape.
2. The kabutogane is similar but not the same as a type3. The hole for the sarute is much smaller, see the comparison photo with type3.
3. The fuchi and kuchigane are painted, plain pressed brass.
4. The saya and ishizuke are drab olive painted, with no decoration.
5. The blades are Katsumasa made from May to December 1944. (Coincidence?).
6. One mekugi-ana.
In all cases the quality is poor, they look rushed, with only one coat of paint, and nothing to prevent corrosion.
What are your thoughts on this truant? Are there any others out there?