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    Sai Jo Saku

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 09:06 AM

When you get a new sword and hope it isn't monkeyed around with, finding matching assembly numbers on the blade and fittings, makes you feel good about it. 

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#2 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 08:13 PM

It does help, doesn't it Neil. The total lack of them is a bit of a puzzle to me. Assembly numbering could be anothe area to study! There was such a variety - painted, stamped, painted & stamped, English, Japanese, English & Japanese, modified Roman numerals, off the top of my head.

It bugs me that my '39 Mantetsu in combat saya has no numbering of the fittings. Only 2 peices have a rough "11" or "2" (kanji) scratched on them. At least it says the seppa and fuchi started life together.

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#3 Hamfish


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Posted 01 July 2020 - 02:05 AM

I had a emura that Evan the habaki was number to match too.
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#4 Bryce


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Posted 01 July 2020 - 10:48 PM

Here is an example of that. Although in this case the shinshinto blade wasn't numbered.




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#5 Dave R

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 02:17 PM

 I think numbering would be more important in a large concern with multiple swords on the go at the same time, and less so in a small workshop where they could be sending one complete sword our before starting the next.

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 02:21 PM

It does seem more common on early swords like the Type 94 that often only had 4 seppa.

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