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  1. Personally to me both handles and fuchi appear to be genuine, the one Chris showed seems to have been buffed removing the definition of the dimples. Neither has the punch marked dimples which are telltale fake, just my opinion.
  2. Trystan, The S/n 35914 should be in the gifu range, Iijima was the previous range with the highest recorded at 35652. I have Gifu records before this S/N and one 2 digits higher -see picture. In my opinion it has been refitted at some point with another blade. I tend to agree with your thoughts that it is a fake just by looking at it. If there are close ups of the S/N and Inspection Mark, it would be interesting to confirm with the font style used. I cannot see the numbers clearly when close up. I also think the tsuba edge profile is not correct and most likely tsuba was swapped with blade at same time.
  3. Just getting back to the sword @TimJ posted, i agree with everyone that this is a genuine Type 95 from the Nagoya Arsenal. For Thomas, my records show this is almost in the middle of the Gifu range, so looks legit to me going by serial numbers. The leather combat cover is in my opinion a post war addition from an officers type 98 sword, where the scabbard was clearly a little longer than the type 95 one. It would be good to remove it and see the scabbard by itself, this colour paint , although not very common, has been seen before. Confirming it is original (paint or re-paint) would be interesting to find out.
  4. Here's a photo for comparison with a type 32 and a type95, can't believe i didn't do this straight away! I think it may be a bit long/big for a machete, but that's an interesting thought. It doesn't appear to be like any machete handle i have seen from the period, such as the dutch cutlass conversions done in Indonesia. John, i agree with you on the nakago shape, however i think it could possibly hold an old wakizashi size blade.
  5. one more picture of the metal backstrap and retention rings
  6. Came across this handle recently, what caught my eye was its Japanese appearance... it wasn't expensive so i bought it. It has a Kyu Gunto appearance, yet is definitely some sort of Spartan like 'budget' build. The only thing i know is that i bought it from a fellow in the U.K Assuming it was found in an arena which the Commonwealth Forces engaged during the war, so we have India/Burma/Malaya/Borneo/Thailand etc Please give me your thoughts on this piece, is it Japanese? Last ditch of some sort? or some collaborationist forces under the Japanese- so possibly island made etc I have some very last ditch swords with this type of handle construction, they may have been supplied as either NCO issue (my belief) but also possibly for officer use because of the type of blades used. I'm all ears for any ideas you might have. Thanks!
  7. Good job taking notice of this Conway! I second Kippu's comments that this is 'right' inside the Kobe serial number range, it is now the second of it's type (with brass tsuba) that has surfaced. The serial number range before Kobe (37k-39k) is from Gifu, and Suya continues on after this range. However, i'd be a bit cautious buying this sword personally. If you are after a Kobe example, i'd pass on this one, regardless of the serial number. Looking at the other pics from the Auction, i can see that the handle is different to all the other Kobe examples on file. It has the final variation of the Symmetrical Aluminium handle as used by the Tokyo 1st Arsenal, this doesn't automatically exclude it as original though. This version had the left side menuki repositioned higher up towards the sarute by one cross in the ito wrap pattern. Look at the pic below to see what i mean. This pattern also appears sporadically in the lower serial number ranges, giving credence to the idea that these may have been repaired at some point. I have only one on record with an Ichi fuchi in this serial number range, it is 39157, at the end of the Kobe serial number range. It also had Brass tsuba, and this is the highest recorded number i have. It is also a bit cleaner of an example than this one and appears to be a more honest or genuine in my opinion, see below. Bruce you could be spot on with both comments as per repairs and the connection that Ichi and Kobe are of the same shop. The 39157 example being the highest, may provide evidence of this. With Ichi taking over from Kobe, parts such as the fuchi may have been used when the original kobe fuchi's had run out. I believe this may have occured, otherwise they could both be examples of shop repairs which we know did happen.
  8. Congratulations Markus! A very nice sword, i agree with the others that both are genuine swords. Did you get both of them or only one?
  9. I agree, it is a Sam Browne style of Belt. I can't comment on originality, however this style was used by officers in both IJA and IJN (land garisson troops). Here's a few pics of the one i have. It has two buckle prongs- not three, or the middle stud. It came with a sword captured in New Guinea.
  10. i wonder what happened to the bohi?? 100% original in my opinion
  11. Nice original Black saya with grey overpaint, even some on the throat piece. strange way the drag fin was removed, I haven’t seen one like that before. Mich you should add this to the black scabbard thread as an original example in my opinion. There is no green or brown visible anywhere that I can see.
  12. Hi John, Kippu has beaten everyone to the punch and answered your question with his reply. I just want to add that if you do look closely, the brass whistle has the IJA Army star cast on the top of it, so perhaps they ordered some from Arkay to be specially made for their use. I actually remember my friends in primary school back in the 60's bring them to school to play with, at the time i had no idea of any Japanese connection to them and took no further notice of whistles as such until i got one on the sword.
  13. Hi Jay, I have been collecting for quite some time and have heard about the whistle in the NCO tassels as well, but have yet to see or find one. The closest i found was a US 1902 sword tassel that had the whistle built in. These tassels have twisted leather cords instead of flat straps and normally don't have whistles in the leather barrel knot end. They have been mistakenly called rare versions of the Japanese NCO tassel in the past, even Ohmura's web page incorrectly shows one as a rare version, see here (at bottom of his page). I do have a brass whistle at the end of a leather tassel, it has had the original leather knot removed and the whistle attached in it's place. It came with a Copper Handled Type 95 i bought years ago. Here's a picture for you to see.
  14. I personally like it, but would agree with Ian and Matt, that it's refurbished. The saya appears to have no scuffs, yet the fittings do. The Ito is just Brand New, not 80yrs old. Apart from the odd menuki, the fittings are nice. Just my opinion. I looked into his other items for sale and it appears he runs some kind of Disposal store, lots of items in there. He is way overpriced for my liking, he has a type 95 'genuine' bit rough, koshirea for sale at $US 2800, the blade is snapped (being in Japan). If he thinks he's appealing to buyers from outside Japan, then he's dreaming. He's fishing in the wrong market place. I was lost when he also had an obvious Chinese fake type 95 for $US 1600.....also broken blade. Things that make you go hmmmm Links to Fake type95: Get me outta here! Real type 95: not out of my wallet! And he nicely uses Dawson book to try and convince you!! Added pictures to preserve the thread's life.
  15. Looks like a hand carved bit of chop stick to me, will be interesting to see what Nelson reports back once he disassembles the handle. The handle appears to be the regular 'Katana' size, repurposed to fit this wakizashi blade, maybe the reason for the unique fuchi, so the mekugi holes line up. Field replacement? any other thoughts. ( i don't think it's a post war replacement, personally) I'm with Mal, it looks to be an older blade, the scabbard is also non type 98 , so possibly a Civilian sword converted to military use when blade shortages were trying to be overcome. Just my 2 cents.
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