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Ian B3HR2UH

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  1. Pippo , even if you bought this off a man who bought it back from the islands ( thus knowing it was around in 1945 ) you still have no real way of knowing if it was A) A piece made by the Japanese whilst stationed in the SW Pacific. B ) Something made locally for collaborating local forces C) A " jeep spring " made by Australian or other allies with the intention of selling it to a sucker as the real thing. I have had a number of similar dogs over the years but you just can't tell into which category they fit . The workmanship is so poor that you would assume B) or C) Ian Brooks
  2. Dear Mr. Morita , Thank you for your opinion it is greatly appreciated by me . Would an English translation be along the lines of " This was given at the wish of Lord Yoshisato ( or Lord Yoshitada )" ? or "Gift of Lord Yoshitada" . Your contributions to the board are invaluable and it would be a much poorer place without you. Ian Brooks
  3. Michael , that groove and habaki tell me that this is almost certainly a mass produced late blade that is not even tempered . I would give it a big miss . Something better is sure to turn up . Ian Brooks
  4. Thanks Steve much appreciated . Interestingly there is an habaki with the same gift inscription illustrated in one of Shibata's handbooks . The blade was originally very long but is now suriage and the horimono is now on the nakago. You will enjoy seeing it when you get down here John . A gunto handle but with a hamidashi tsuba on it . All original as I got it off a vet who bought it back from Balikpapan . Ian
  5. I would be grateful for any opinions on the characters on this habaki . The date side I am confident reads Meiji four ( 1871 )(year ? ) Kanotohitsuji hachi gatsu . The other side I am less sure about . I think the right hand column reads Giri Ko , which possibly means a Lords debt of gratitude. The left hand column I am even less sure about but think it reads Kore shitama , which possibly means this permits to commit suicide . Ian Brooks
  6. How times have changed . Fifty years ago I was advertising to buy swords in the newspapers . Returned soldiers would ring me and I would go to their homes and look at what they had for sale . I well remember one night I had four swords to look at . Every one of them was ,what I still call them , a metal hilter . I wasn't exactly devastated but felt pretty unlucky . I didn't make an offer on any of them although I could have probably got half of them for twenty dollars each . How big a fool do I feel now. Ian Brooks
  7. Hello Bjorn , I think that your tsuba is a classy quality piece but that the fuchi kashira are far from being that . In my opinion you need something of comparable quality to go with that tsuba. Ian Brooks
  8. I came across this one a few years ago . It is a same saya that has been painted or lacquered black . The same has not been filled and then rubbed back . I have never seen this before and to my eyes it looked like it was original . . Ian Brooks
  9. I thought you might like to see this one John . It is a really well mounted katana and they have put a leather cover over the lacquered saya . They have then wrapped a sageo over the leather cover . I have never seen this before . The tassel has then been wrapped over the sageo , It was like this when I bought it forty five years ago and as there is no other form of attachment I think it must always have been attached like this. Ian Brooks
  10. Another one on a Kyu gunto . Ian Brooks
  11. Hi John , with all the forging flaws ( particularly those shown in the fourth and fifth photos ) you should give this a miss . It is no doubt old , maybe late Koto or shinto , but not collectable . Ian Brooks
  12. I was pleased to see Trystan had posted a photo of one of my sword collecting hero's Han Bing Siong . Here is another shot of him taken examining a sword in Ron Gregory's sword room in the 1970's. Ron was of course one of the authors of the books on Japanese Military Swords . Ian Brooks
  13. According to the NBTHK " Myoju's extant works are extremely few in number and of tachi there is only one example known ". That is a Juyo Bunkazai piece made in 1598 . Don't get your hopes up ! Ian Brooks
  14. Ditto , you would expect the main decoration , in this case the hut and geese , to be on the outside of the sword and facing forward when worn . Ian Brooks
  15. RF ,I have only handled one genuine Naotane . The mei and nakago on that sword were beautiful , works of art in themselves . I am afraid that the piece you are looking at is not in the same league . I don't think that it has a snowflakes hope in hell of being a genuine Naotane . Ian Brooks
  16. Many thanks for posting this Michael . I have always wondered what one of the American shows would look like and yours is the first decent photographic coverage that I can recall seeing . You were lucky to be there. Ian brooks
  17. Juan , I am even more certain than John that this is an hagire .I am 100 % sure that this is what it is I am afraid . Ian Brooks
  18. Isn't the description of these being a set a misnomer as the menuki and kozuka are by different hands ? Ian Brooks
  19. The mon is on upside down, I think, so I would be very suspicious of it . Ian Brooks
  20. That is a really interesting piece Phil . Col Aikyo commanded the Japanese forces in the North Sarawak and Brunei area. He surrendered his sword to Brigadier Windeyer on the 20th Sept 1945 . There are photos of the surrender and of the sword on the Australian war memorial website . Colonel Aikyo hung himself from the ridge pole of his tent in the Prisoner of war compound at Labuan in late October 1945 . It appears that a photograph of his body in situ exists if you are gruesome . A document entitled the Japanese order of battle records that Col Aikyo was the commander of the Borneo Fuel depot . This possibly means that he was not a career officer but someone with specialist skills who was commissioned during the war. My quick reading of the relationship between the Japanese and the Dyaks indicates that they didn't interact during the occupation . When the allies landed though the Dyaks seem to have strongly supported them . There is a reference in the book The Final Campaigns to Dyaks arriving at an Australian camp with the heads of six Japanese ! Ian Brooks
  21. I have seen a number of Generals swords with impeccable provenance, all being in the hands of the families of the men that they were surrendered to . Not a mantetsu in sight . Personally I would be very sceptical of a Generals sword with a mantetsu in it . Makes sense as most men who held that rank would have been commissioned years before Mantetsu blades were being made . That is to say they would already have their sword . Having said that in the Australian War Memorial there is a sword surrendered by General Kanda on Bouganville which has an Emura blade in it . A contemporary description of the sword indicated that it looked like it had just come out of stores ie it was too new looking to have been worn by the General . Perhaps Generals had a few extra swords to present to worthy subordinates. There is a letter in the War Memorial published in Fuller and Gregory ( I think ) that suggests this is the case. I did come across General Kandas Fukuto which had an old blade in it, although I couldn't get the tsuka off . Brigadier Garrett who had received this sword had given it to his driver . Unfortunately the widow wasn't interested in selling ! Ian Brooks
  22. Hi Peter , I have one of these . This is only the second one that I have seen . The tsuba on mine is different though . I had previously asked Richard Fuller and Jim Dawson if they had ever seen one and they hadn't, so it is a pretty rare item . I had assumed that mine was unique until I saw your post . A photo of the kabuto gane is attached . Ian Brooks
  23. This one of mine is somewhat similar Bruce Ian Brooks
  24. Nothing points to this being original it is a reproduction . Rubbish as the title says Ian Brooks
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