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Dave R

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  1.  Regarding Habaki, when the type 95 was introduced there was a need for a catch up programme because a lot of them were needed all at once. As a result there was a mass conversion of type 32 to type 95. Mr Komiya covers it in some depth on https://www.warrelics.eu/forum/Japanese-militaria/ . How long did the conversion programme last, and was it restarted late in the war. When resources are stretched the habaki is a good candidate for being missed off.

    (I have seen a genuine Edo era Satsuma/Okashi To where the habaki was no more than a piece of sheet brass wrapped round the base of the blade.)

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  2. Personal opinion, I think the date of the blade is a clue here. The bombing campaign had  obliterated most of the factories in Japan by this time with the result that production was dispersed to the extreme, and handwork was replacing machine production.

     Someone got a very nice (replacement) blade almost by accident, because that was all that was available.

    Regarding the polish, another signed and dated gendai field pickup from the Pacific campaign was found to have been finished on a buffer during production in Japan. Desperate times, desperate measures.

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  3.  Nothing wrong with the colour of the saya, I have one the same. According to Mr Komiya over on Japanese Militaria this is a custom order job for an officer with "pretensions" seen more usually pre or early war. This might be a clue as to the other variations seen here. Gunto saya swap over quite easily with Gunto blades in my experience, so this could be a replacement blade.

    gunto saya from Bill.jpg


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     It depends on where you are going to take your collecting, for fun or for investment. I collect for fun, and bought my first Nihonto for peanuts (£4. 10s) well battered, but a much enjoyed piece. I would avoid Ebay nowadays as it is the haunt of deceivers as well as honest sellers. There are swords for sale here, and quite a few pro dealers are on the internet, but basic research is necessary, and for that I recommend the internet. Books are lovely, but expensive the 'net is free. Here on NMB is a good start, but there are many other sites to peruse. 

    Good hunting!

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  5.  There is a bronze age sword, now in a museum that was collected from a UK farm labourer over a century ago. He was using it as a hedging tool and the collector bought it off him there and then.

     Similarly my first Sikkin-Panjang was bought from a local "runner" who had again used it for a while as a hedging tool. I bought a really nice double hammer gun from the same guy. I use the term runner in the sense that he made money by scouring the locality for antiques and curios which he then took to local dealers to sell..... All very "Lovejoy" but that was Shropshire in the 1970's.

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  6. 1 hour ago, Alex A said:

    For what its worth, i wont use micro fibre either as i consider it abrasive.


    Horses for courses

     There is micro fibre, and there is micro fibre. There is the stuff sold in the hardware shop for general cleaning, and then there is the very fine stuff sold for cleaning lenses. Face it guys the lens cleaning fabric is going to be top of the line and the manufacturers won't give a second thought to the possibility that their product is used for cleaning nihonto.....


     For the rest, the uchiko v other ways of cleaning convo' has been going on for years on this site.

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  7.  As interest grows, so does the knowledge about wartime blades. It has  been proposed before that the Seki stamp was just a quality stamp from the city authorities rather than a condemnation of being non traditional..... Which the Sho stamp seems to have been.

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  8. On 5/1/2022 at 2:45 AM, Bruce Pennington said:

     No way to know, but I'd lean toward choice 2.  I still don't see a G.I. creating and threaded nakago end like this, but I don't know European blades.  Maybe it's possible they had some with such nakago ends.


     Many late 19th early 20th cent. German sabres and bayonets used this type of nut. Pics of a Blucher Sable in my collection, before it was repaired. 



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