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  1. Good job spotting that one Trystan ! It's quite hard to see along side the gun rack. It's a Type 32 Ko as I'm sure you already suspected. The small show room in the picture is above a huge basement in which the owner claims to have over 100,000 items for sale. There was a time when many Pawn shops had a variety of Japanese swords lined up like the guns in the rack shown. Still a few to be found however!! Regards, Dave M.
  2. Both correct ! Definitely lousy picture Hamish...the sword has hung there for probably 40 years. I managed to buy it a while back, it's a short late war Kai gunto signed by Hiratoshi. There's another sword near the first, I'll see if any one can spot it before I point it out. Dave M.
  3. Just for fun, and to see how sharp your eye is for Japanese swords. How many do you see in the photo below ? There are still swords to be found in the USA, if you have the time to look...obviously not to the extent there were in years past, but still a few to be found in various antique and pawn shops. I would be curious to where swords can be found ( other than the internet in other countries.) Dave M.
  4. Have to stay with opinion in post #19, mistaken Kuni character. Dave M.
  5. Most likely meant "Inshu" and mistakenly used Kuni character? Dave M.
  6. Very odd indeed...(Kuni) Shu Ju Kagenaga ?? Dave M.
  7. I would say the sword on the left is more "ordinary" size Shin gunto length where as the one on the right is HUGE. The sword on the right has at least 20 twist in the tsuka ito when a typical standard Shin gunto has perhaps 14 ? (twist per side) Dave M.
  8. I'll always remember an older gentleman at the table just outside the entry door to the San Francisco sword show. I was holding a wakizashi I had brought to the show as there was a Shinsa team visiting that year. The older gentleman questioned me about the sword and I rather apologetically said " it's only a mumei wakizashi." He smiled and replied " ahh yes, maybe mumei, but much better than Gimei ! " Dave M.
  9. David, I think Geraint in the Nihonto section could not have commented on your Grandfathers sword any better. Leave the sword alone albeit a little light oil on the blade. Too me your sword says more than the most pristine Nagamitsu in a upgrade Rinji Seishiki koshirae. It shows the misery of heat, moisture, humidity, mud, malaria, Dengue fever, abject suffering on all sides of the campaign your Grandfather indured. Something he brought home as a memory of those he fought along side, and in honor of those who died. There are those who admire nothing more than the monetary value of Nihonto, a pristine sword, flawless with a flamboyant hamon and hada, which is fine. As for me however, your sword is what WWll Japanese swords truly represents...treasure it as your families history, and for all of those who fought and died in the New Guinea Campaign. Dave M.
  10. I'm almost to the point of giving up commenting on these type of swords. It seems they were produced just to make Japanese military sword enthusiast wonder what exactly in the hell is this... My first reaction is the feeling of something is just not right here. That nakago looks absolutely terrible, the kabuto gane and fuchi are odd looking, not to mention the tsuba. ( Bruce said he thought Neil~IJASWORDS~ has a simular tsuba ) Would like to see a photo if possible? Tsuba shows signs of age also... Then on the other hand, the sword sugata doesn't look too terribly bad, the tsuka ito is tied properly, same' and menuki appear right, the leather on the saya is aged, the seam stitching is separating , beginning to see possible verdigris near ashi, koiguchi looks old and losing paint . As John has suggested it is a reproduction, but I would have to ask, were they ( Chinese ) or whom ever producing reproductions back as far as this sword appears to be?
  11. As Adam has mentioned, these are only opinions at best. Even with a Shinsa team, it is a very well informed opinion, yet about the best we can hope for. Many times we have an opinion of what we hope, or what we want the sword to be and seek out those who support our conclusion. With all due respect others, I would still put my money on Shinshinto, the sword just appears too healthy for Koto, I don't see black nakago patina, the yasurime appears a bit too crisp, the mekugi ana are drilled, one rather poorly. It has obviously been polished a least once. Here is a comparison of a Kanbun era nakago . However, still not conclusive evidence. Either way, a beautiful sword and shirasaya. Dave M.
  12. Beautiful sword...Shinshinto era fukko-to! Dave M.
  13. There's no doubt the sword was assembled by force. I'm still somewhat curious of the time frame and place the sword was acquired. There had to have been literally mounds of sword fittings available post war. I would assume swords scheduled for the furnace were not tossed in fully assembled and the miss matched "put together swords" that show up occasionally are in part a result of these loose fittings. I can't imagine however, how a post warJapanese civilian would risk having possession of any type of blade to assemble fittings for souvenirs. But who knows, still a part Japanese wwll history in my opinion also... Just a thought, Dave M.
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