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#1 Logan09

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 05:52 AM

Anyone else see this? Said he found it metal detecting. Bogus story I'm guessing as I don't see why any Japanese soldiers would be near kineshma, Russia. Also, how do you find that and nothing else. Item number 163647670979

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#2 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 06:04 AM

Tsuba looks legit, a bit corroded from being buried in dirt.

The Russians invaded Manchuria and made it all the way to Korea, including taking Mukden, where there was an arsenal (thought to be making Mantetsu blades, or at least finishing them). So there were plenty of Japanese swords that were carried home by Russian soldiers. This tsuba was no doubt part of their war souvenirs brought home.
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#3 Logan09

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 06:14 AM

I am aware Russia was fighting the Japanese. Just find it strange that the guy lives 2600 miles away from any "battlefield" that he could've dug this up at that I am aware of.
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Posted 18 April 2019 - 06:35 AM

Logan, I checked the item description. He didn’t say it was found on a battlefield, he just said it was found with a metal detector. It was simply something brought back from the war and got dumped on the ground or discarded for some reason.

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 05:04 PM

I kinda agree ... 

I have had friends working in Russia and Ukraine on missions and these show up at Flea markets ... Far, far away from known conflict areas, but some definitely dug up (usually in worse condition from the photos of the 3 that I recall seeing).    


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