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Dave R

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  1. And well done to you to admit this. There is currently a lot of of research and revelation about these late war swords that upsets all the old certainties. They are not nihonto but they are "end of series" for Japanese swords made for use in combat. Some better, some very much worse, all carried by proud members of the Imperial Japanese Army, prepared to die for their country, and to be respected as such.
  2. As this thread progresses it gets more interesting, and we do seem to be finding an actual type appearing. As has been said, given the actual spread of the IJA geographically it would be no surprise at all to see locally made equipment, especially as the war dragged on.
  3. I agree, it is at least a contender and certainly not a Chinese fake. Some people on this site are all to quick to label anything they don't recognise as a fake, I wonder if they get a thrill out of it?
  4. Interesting the two mekugi-ana, with the second one placed like an NCO blade. Is that one actually used, or left vacant?
  5. One of the questions that comes to my mind with these replicas, is what are the mounts made of, are they copper alloy (brass) like the originals, or the plated tin/zink alloy beloved of the Chinese wall hanger?
  6. From the KASHIMA sisters http://www.ksky.ne.jp/~sumie99/ubumumei.html A gold inlay of smith's name is maker's name that was done at the same time of shortening the blade, being sorry the signature disappears. Names that written with lacquer are attributed name. A red lacquer is on the original unsigned tang. A gold lacquer is on the shortened tang. http://www.ksky.ne.jp/~sumie99/tang.html
  7. I just went and checked again, and though of quite different weights and styles they both have a nagasa of 21 inches and just one mekugi ana in the unsigned nakago. Are they wakizashi of unusual length, or short katana.
  8. I have pics of war era Showato and Gunto swords with all sorts of tsuba, plain iron ones being quite common, sometimes the complete mount is otherwise regulation but for the tsuba. I have a theory that an officer who expected real combat would often fit an iron or steel tsuba, to cut down on glitter, and better protect the hand. A good blade will cut through brass guards.
  9. Thanks, I had misheard and thought Hanwei.
  10. Personally I have no objection to the dealers rigid interpretation of a Katana being over 24 inches blade length. I have picked up a couple of very decent swords for bargain prices as a result.
  11. " I've had some war-era swords pass through my hands, as well as a lower-end but old wakisashi.".... I hope you don't mean that literally, because that hurts a lot and the blood get everywhere. I would say it's a Buke-Zukuri Showato taken to war, that got over-cleaned, and probably acid "polished". Regarding a new Tsuka, look for one minus the Ito, then you can dump it in the bath for a few hours to dissolve the rice glue and re cut the inside to fit your blade. Then proceed to refit and and rebind.
  12. I doubt these are produced anymore, I certainly found all the sellers sites were old, and none in stock.... Though truthfully my search was far from exhaustive. As best I can find, Hanwei found them to expensive to produce.... Why is it here, easy one, "Buyer beware", given a few years wear and a bit of tweaking you can expect to see them on sale as originals.
  13. Dave R

    Tourist piece

    This why I am so amused when people complain about Ebay and Paypal fees, it's the cost of doing business.
  14. That is a truly lovely piece.
  15. Prime example, after the sword ban the makers of sageo producing obijime instead. https://kimono-kimono.de/obijime-an-introduction-to-the-different-types/ BTW if you want a nice sageo without breaking the bank, look at obijime on ebay or kimono sales sites.
  16. They seem pretty confident in the one they have here... http://www.ksky.ne.jp/~sumie99/Naohiro6.html
  17. I was a collector from my early teen years and haunted the local antique and junk shops, not a huge difference in those days in that town, except for one. Manser's which was a classic dusty, packed, antique shop in Castle Gates Shrewsbury full of all sorts, mirrors, old furniture small sculptures, swords and guns. Thinking back my actual first real sword was a knackered wakizashi sans tsuka or any metal mounts except blade and habaki in a same and wood saya. It cost me £4. 10 shillings, and this keyboard does not even have a shilling symbol. Pre-internet, all my research done at the library, which fortunately was a good one because Shrewsbury is a county town and admin centre for a larger area. I was about 12, and oh dear how I abused that blade by current standards. I swapped it for some armour when I was in my twenties, which is just as well in some ways. I have to give Mr Manser and all those other dealers a lot of credit for their time and patience which they never begrudged. Just to give you a taste of the place, this is a photo of No 1, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, F C Manser & Son (Gordon Manser).where I spent hours antique hunting and learning. I think this was his second shop, across the road from that first shop and where I bought an 1822/45 infantry officers sword from him, my second sword ever. (Unable to locate a pic of that first shop, it might have been demolished).
  18. If it's in Dawson, then it's legit, even if it looks like .... This also answers the question as to why we discuss such things,.... to find out what they really are! If we dismiss stuff just because we don't like it then we are not really engaged in research. Page 82 of F&G Japanese military and civil swords and dirks has a brief mention of very late war "home defence" officers swords. What I noticed was the blade description as having two widely spaced mekugi-ana, though only one is used. It looks to me like someone was making a standard blade that could be used for NCO or commissioned officer.
  19. I thought that was the purpose the very short spear, the Te yari or the Makura yari.
  20. The actual blade itself looks old though.
  21. The Austrian army seemed to be happy with it, using the profile on swords as well as bayonets and faschine messer. Ease of production may well have been a factor. I had a rather beat up Austrian sabre with that blade section years ago and I thought it prone to vibrate a lot. I wish I still had it......
  22. Flat one side and fullered on the other is a very Austrian trait, looks like the Meiji military took ideas from more than the French and the Prussians.
  23. I think it's a hastily repurposed genuine blade, and has de-laminated at the very end of the tang.
  24. I look forwards to seeing your experiments in dying original Generals tassels brown......
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