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  1. The first picture of the guard didn't give a true idea of what it looked like, and that's a very good possibility of what you mentioned about the missing fuchi. It may take a while to locate a replacement. The blade and saya don't show the abuse the grip and guard do. The saya has light surface rust, but no dents. One can only speculate as to how the damage occurred to the grip and guard, but then again, a 120+ yr cavalry saber. I'm surprised the same' is as good of condition as it is. Again, appreciate the input, Dave M.
  2. Appreciate the input. I was thinking the sword was a Meji era 1886 Type 19 kyu-gunto cavalry variation. As with many of my finds, they are often missing various parts and have modifications of some sort. Part of my quest is an attempt to bring them back as close to original as possible. I'll be needing a matching fuchi and chuso also. I'm sure however, the guard is original to sword. Below is a full photo of guard and grip. Dave M.
  3. Thanks Hoanh, Yes out of polish, with just enough to see a bit of nice hataraki. Thanks to Mr Ray Singer the mei is Fujiwara Kiyotoshi. Kanbun era Tsushima swordsmith. Dave M.
  4. I noticed the thread " What do you look for" and couldn't help but think, yes, a nicely shaped sugata, beautiful hamon and hada, signed, in polish, etc. All of the swords I am in possession of are from inheritance, estate sales, antique stores, pawn shops and flea markets. I would prefer to own a 15 or 20 point, relatively unknown smith, as a 100 point rated smith only to discover it was gimei. ( I know, buy papered ) My passion is to rescue a few swords here and there which may have been collecting dust on the upper self of a shop for the past 30 or 40 years, and find historical value in most if not all nihonto . I can't help but think what a swordsmith or samurai in possession of such would think of their sword waiting for years to have someone save it from it's present fate. I do not believe or disbelieve a sword has a spirit, but there are many, many that do. This is my most recent rescue, it was 40 yrs. collecting dust on an upper shelf of an Army surplus and militaria store. Dave M.
  5. I think the mei inscription is Fujiwara Kiyonaga? I apologize about the poor photo, the character I believe is possibly naga has practically disappeared. Please let me know if I'm correct! As always, thank you in advance. Dave M.
  6. No problem Bruce, fire away, all interesting information!! Dave M.
  7. Excellent group of Type 32's Steve. I thank both you and Trystan for both taking the time to share photo's as well as black paint theories! I would go so far as to say your both correct as for painted during refurbishing, and also a field fix for metal protection. Again, much thanks, Dave M.
  8. Those are both very nice looking 32's Trystan, mine still has the leather spacer. The black painted one appears almost pristine, was it refurbished WWll or earlier? Definitely agree with your theory Steve. A period paint, not original to sword, and not post war! Trystan's black sword does look professionally refurbished. My 32, and most others I've noticed don't appear quite as nicely painted, almost as though it was done in the field and with the typical black type paint seen on your 95 saya's also. I guess the real question I have is...why? A particular geographic area, military unit, specific regulation? Possibly an answer lost to time. Again, appreciate your input, Dave M.
  9. Bruce, I noticed the black painted Type 32's were mentioned a couple of times in the Type 95 Black Saya thread. Interesting opinions on the 95 black saya's. The guy I bought my 32 from seemed to think someone post WWll had possibly painted it. At the time, I didn't give the black paint much thought due to the fact the sword was in overall good condition with matching numbers. Eventually, I began to notice a few 32's on ebay with black paint also. Oddly, many if not all, were painted entirely black, saya, guard, backstrap, handle, wood and all. I couldn't help but think how odd, painted entirely black. I feel relatively confident that this is at least paint wwll and very possibly before. Trystan thought he read they were painted during factory refurbish which makes sense. I'm also wondering however, if it may have been a cavalry or regimental designation? Appreciate the input, Dave M.
  10. Thanks Trystan, interesting possibility. Dave M.
  11. Over the years I couldn't help but notice many Type 32 Gunto's, both Ko and Otsu's have been painted black. I get the sense that these black painted Type 32's were painted either WWll or before and not post war. Anyone happen to know the reason behind the black paint? Thanks, Dave M. https://www.ebay.com/itm/WWII-Japanese-M1899-TYPE-32-OTSU-TROOPERS-SWORD-SCABBARD-MATCHING-NUMBERS/224236094829?hash=item343583456d:g:djgAAOSwiVRfsZnP
  12. https://www.ebay.com/itm/IN-HAND-TAMAHAGANE-TATARA-NBTHK-1st-Grade-60g-with-Tung-Box-FedEx-DHL/313334756394?hash=item48f434f42a:g:BJkAAOSwnNtfz3X8 Dave M.
  13. Definitely agree Chris, to the trained eye, very big difference indeed ! It still however, annoys me to see these Fake attempts at true Nihonto hada...🤔 Dave M.
  14. Another disturbing feature of many of these fake swords is they seem to more often than not copy the " Hada Tatsu" style of Ji-hada . Then, even when a legitimate mixed metal type Hada from the Meji or Showa era is presented to the NMB it almost immediately falls suspect as being a Chinese reproduction ! I personally find prominent Itame/Mokume Hada's used for forging Nihonto to be quite attractive of all era's, only to be somewhat diminished by these pathetic modern fakes!! And to be selling for how much...Seriously!!! Dave M.
  15. Well, I must say, I've been curious as to when this Type 94 Shin-gunto show down was going to eventually occur. You guys should all feel ashamed by this overt and flagrant braggartry of beautiful swords in 94 korshirae, making many of the rest of us with a mere 15 or 20 non Type 94 swords feel badly...☹️ Though, very much kidding Gentlemen, all seriously beautiful swords. I'm beginning to think Mr. Neal (IJASWORDS) is absolute king of Australian Gunto . What, 25-30 in that one display case... All very nice indeed ! Just envious, Dave M.
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    2nd Menuki Question??

    Thank you guys, I had no idea there were male and female dragon menuki. I've been a nihonto enthusiast for many years and have (obviously) not paid enough attention to menuki. I now see that menuki are a further and fascinating facet of nihonto to study.! I've decided to use my dragon menuki for the tsuka, and will be contacting David McDonald soon for restoration. Again, information very much appreciated. Best regards, Dave M.
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    2nd Menuki Question??

    Thank you for the information ! Dave M.
  18. dwmc

    2nd Menuki Question??

    Thank you again Jean. Your opinion is greatly appreciated ! Best regards, Dave M.
  19. Dear Members, Thank you again Jean for your quick response. These two sets of menuki below are my 2nd and third choice for tsuka restoration. The dragon menuki, I know are edo period, but just noticed they are actually a miss matched set, they were however on same deteriorated Shinto era tsuka. The Sakura menuki (appear) to be an older set, but would appreciate an opinion if this actually is the case. If there is any doubt as to the Sakura menuki not being at least Shin Shinto, I will use the miss matched dragon menuki. Again, thank you in advance for you opinions, Dave M.
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    Menuki question ??

    Thanks Jean...just as I suspected !! Dave M.
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    Menuki question ??

    Dear Menuki knowledgeable NMB Members, I'm in the process of restoring a Shinto era Tsuka. The tsuka needs ito as well as menuki replacement. I am finding it very difficult to decide on menuki, and have acquired several sets to choose from. (However, I definitely do not want to use some modern reproduction type menuki.) I recently purchased the set below and think the set would match well with the koshirae. I may be ok with with the menuki if they are at least Japanese Meji or Showa period. Please inform me, if possible, as to the time period of these menuki. They are a very light weight material, tin, aluminum, with two small prongs on under side, also with something which appears like a black lacquer. I would greatly appreciate your opinions. Thanks in advance, Dave M.
  22. I think it was Chris Bowen that once mentioned something to the effect of "beware of a wwll era made swords with two mekugi-ana." The day before the estate auction you were allowed to view items in which you may have been interested in bidding. The sword pictured above, I noticed was in overall excellent condition, the son of the deceased owner of the sword was not allowing the tsuka to be removed, which concerned me somewhat, but could also understand him not wanting people to assemble and disassemble and so on. I decided to roll the dice and bid on the sword the next morning. Apparently, some one had convinvced the son to removed the tsuka and I was able to take a brief look at the nakago. I immediately noticed the two holes and should have been able to translate the inscription as an Amahide, but couldn't for reasons I can't explain. Possibly due to the variations in signatures. The habaki was stuck tight and was going to be difficult to remove with out some work. I've managed to make a short story long and apologize, but I can't help but feel this is all part of an on going story of a sword which began in a Seki sword factory in the 1930's or 40's. After I won the bid and got the sword home and managing to get my eyes realigned, I realized the inscription was Amahide, which was amazing on account of my fathers bring back being an Amahide also. On to the two holes and the habaki . It took a while to gently remove the habaki , but when I eventually succeeded, the two holes were glaringly explained. This was machi-okuri due to a forging flaw moved from the blade to the nakago. I'm sure as suggested by others there are many reasons for these Showa era two hole nakago's, but in this case, as Dave R. suggested...a repair! Regards, Dave M.
  23. Hi Dave, I think you can just click on "down loads" at the top of the page. It should be the first article under "whats new" Dave M.
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