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  1. Matt, can you show a picture of the mune on your sword? Tom's pictures show 2 stamps on the mune, for a moment i got excited thinking it was the 私 stamp signifying a private purchase, but the more i look at it, i think it is the 社 'sha' army acceptance stamp. The lower one i'm not sure about yet. On the drag, i think the top stamp is again the 'sha' with a heavily struck 'To' beneath it.
  2. I agree, and as Matt previously stated, there have been at least another 3 very similar configurations seen previously.
  3. The Seki logo appears to have been struck with a Heavy hand in my opinion, as does the Kokura logo as well as a partial double Stike
  4. Currently €1000 = US$1041 , which makes me agree with zook, a bit on the high side for mismatched sword. If it was matching, it would be around the average going price at the moment in my opinion. Of course your market in Europe tends to be higher, but you could always make an offer €900 perhaps?
  5. Great Viewing! I love these old films, i find them more interesting than normal TV and modern documentaries - keeping in mind of course, their propaganda use. Thanks for sharing!
  6. Interesting find Ribendao, could you show a picture of the whole sword with scabbard please? (Or at least a few of the scabbard) Dave, very good point, there would have been quite a few spare!
  7. I’m of the opinion that the company grade tassel, already attached may be original to the sword. With the shortage of sword supply in 1938, the IJA introduced the type95 rental program for officers. This program enabled officers to rent a type95, until the back orders of type 98 were filled and supply returned to normal. The option to buy the type95 outright instead of waiting for a type98 was also offered. The tassel shown is quite long and fits well, also appears to have been there for some time. What is the actual length?
  8. I don't see any reason for keeping the actual serial number a secret... you have given us the range already, and it is something every 'prospective' buyer would like to know in advance i believe. Is this the same sword you show in these old posts here and here ?
  9. Hey Phil, could possibly be Manchurian, as it has 20 stamens in what should be a Plum blossom and not Cherry which has 15 stamen. The Japanese used the Cherry Blossom (sakura, i think it's called) whereas Manchukuo used the Plum Blossom. Try posting it over at Warrelics Forum, if you can't get answers here, Nick Komiya would be able to give you a more definitive answer.
  10. The price range given before is fairly accurate given today’s prices on eBay. The fact that it is fairly minty is a strong selling point for you. Symmetrical means both sides of the handle are the same as far as the imitation wrapping is concerned. Asymmetrical means that the wrap differs from one side to the other. In this case the wrap was moved to make way for the mounting screw.
  11. Thanks for the pics, much better! I don’t see any sign of another stamp, this is not uncommon though, as you would expect only random samples to be inspected instead of the whole production run for quality control. Still, you have a very nice sword! The sword is part of the very first production by Gifu(Seki) for the Nagoya Arsenal and as such it is reasonably rare in itself. Only some 1200 to 1500 were made in this run, and very few are recorded.
  12. I would also think it is a type32. Great postcard, thanks for sharing.
  13. Thanks for the extra photos, however the area we are interested in is the top half of the throat. The’Na’ stamp precedes the serial number as would be expected. Your scabbard has more paint on it, so it is partially obscured. could you show the whole scabbard throat, and maybe also a photo of the back of the collar(fuchi) as there may be a stamp there also
  14. Thanks Rob! I've been looking for this one as i have already mentioned it to Bruce for his document. I haven't been able to find it again! Do you have any other photos or auction id ?
  15. Thanks, An interesting read.
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