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  1. Nice group Hamish, also the one on sale appears very nice.
  2. Hello Dave, You have a lovely example there, the serial numbers tell me it is early 1941 manufacture, and as Bruce indicated it is the later (not earlier- earlier used 'K' not '-') Kobe subcontractor who made it. This contractor is known to have used the 'greenish' paint on the handle as well as the more commonly seen brown. Measure the tsuba, as it should only be the 9mm variant at that stage of production. The 11mm were only for the Copper handled and the very early Aluminium until stock ran out. (a few years before yours was made) The serial numbers for this model will only appear on the blade itself, and the scabbard throat. (whereas the drag is stamped on the type 32's instead of the throat). From your pictures, I would consider this to be an excellent to near mint example, with a bonus original tassel... very nice find. Definitely not a Chinese copy or otherwise repainted. Judging by today's market, i would think this one would easily go for over the $1000 mark -due to it's condition, so i hope you picked it up cheap! And finally, yes they are reasonably Well made, i agree with Bruce and Trystan, the Tokyo Arsenal made Type 95's are cleaner and crisper overall compared to the Nagoya and later Jinsen made swords. Congratulations and check out the link Trystan gave you for more info on these in general.
  3. Very Interesting, and a nice find John. Dawson mentions zig-zag stitching, but he hasn't shown us an example. Do we 'assume' it to be the same as an Army Generals in appearance?? From what i see of your very nice example is more of a 'band' in one direction, and a haze in the other. So not a true zig-zag when viewed vertically from above. Does it appear to be made of silk as we would expect, or a cotton?? I have an example which i found on a Pattern7 NCO sword, which i believe is cotton, not silk, as it doesn't have the 'shine' to it . Mine is a darker colour but the stitching has more of a haphazard appearance than a 'zig-zag'. Up close it has a 'fur' like look of a worn rope. Untortunately, the actual tassels had been cut off. (which i had heard was one of the practices some Japanese did upon surrendering their swords) I think DaveR is right though, it needs to be mentioned in the Navy uniform regs, until then i think we keep our fingers crossed and put it down to a manufacturing anomaly. The nature of the weave itself, lends it to diagonal threads and hence zig-zag like stitches, when one or more spools of thread in a different shade are used. I hope all collectors are scrambling to see what they have, and more of these show up! I've never actually heard of this with navy tassels before, but now yours is only the second example i've ever seen. What other references apart from Dawson mention this?
  4. Looks nice to me, are there any other pictures on the listing?? Seeing the full tang would be handy, to see if any stamps are there, then also the asking price would be handy to know, what is it?
  5. Hi BangBangSan, Check this link: Mukden It gives the complete history, is it incorrect?? as it states the symbol on the rifle was Proofmark of Mukden Arsenal between 1918-1931
  6. Thought i'd mention that the screw described, is different between the Copper handled Pattern 1 and the Aluminium Handled Pattern 2. (not talking about the type 94/98 screw) It is longer by a few millimetres in the pattern2
  7. Here's a photo of the tang on one of mine to compare with the original swords tang. Identical except for the repair on the topic piece. I am experienced with metal work/welding etc and in my opinion it appears to have been brazed, not welded, as can be seen by the slag and residues left over from being coated in flux. I would not think that this is not a repair done 'in period' ... remember war is raging, swords are in short supply and who's going to look under there anyway? I think this could also be true 'post war' but not my first choice. The tang phot was the smallest in size and would have been nicer if it wasn't. An 'in hand inspection' would be ideal and help date the repair better. To Vayo, you are correct in saying any welding/ heat applied would render the blade in need of re-tempering, however, it is possible it do repairs such as this. The key here is the location... the extreme tip of the tang, a wrapped wet cloth would be enough, this is evidenced by the limited range shown in the heat 'rainbow'
  8. No, not x-ray vision, i wish! In fact i found the original sellers pictures quite reasonable quality even at the small size of the files. They showed enough to see the details of the whole sword. Here's the pics to preserve the thread and make it useful for future readers. You should be able to see 2532 quite clearly. In my opinion, it is a reasonably good piece, even if it has a mismatched scabbard. Depending on the price, it could be a good addition to a new collector until something better comes along.
  9. Just for your info guys.....that particular sword surfaced one day earlier over at Gunboards Forum: https://www.gunboards.com/threads/Japanese-sword-found-in-the-trash.291010/#post-2361496 before showing up at warrelics the next day. A great find and the fellow was very excited as nearly everyone else was for him too! This was November 2012 ! When found it had NO scabbard as you can read in the links. The next time it made an appearance, was in a dealers site in March 2019. Here it amazingly now had a matching scabbard, as can be seen here now: The likely hood of actually HAVING the scabbard and finding the CORRECT sword would HAVE TO BE A VERY LONG SHOT in my opinion. Looks like a good job ,but the fonts are the give away clues to me. Here's the sales pitch from back in March 2019: After 7 years i cannot point fingers at the dealer directly, so have refrained from actually naming him here.
  10. Well, i think i entered the twilight zone by reading this thread.... the stamping on the blade is 2532.... not 2552 !! The Tang is original, with repaired end.
  11. It's all COOL, just Shakin' da tree BOSS !! Shakin da tree BOSS.mp4
  12. i was writing a reply as he sent his response.........sorry if you take it the wrong way.
  13. "Sword humour" - nice! and wasn't wasted on me! Unfortunately went straight over the heads of some people. Contained tang stamps so has relevance here, and also 35 .. which would be model 95 and the throw off. The give away was in the last statement ->(On a serious note.... Yes, that's an old thread. I've already got that referenced away. Very interesting scabbard and haven't seen any other like it since.
  14. Last one, an ordinary 'Normal' tsuba, but with the same loop 'appendage' added It has the first seppa moulded as part of the tsuba, so perhaps it was intended, but never got to be used in the Iida latch set up
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