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Dave R

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  1. As has been said, most wakizashi in gunto mounts are old blades new mounted for the emergency... But I found these two in my files. Both Seki stamped so no doubts about when they were made.
  2. I have used a .177 air rifle cleaning rod to wipe/scrub inside saya before now. Not ideal but better than nothing if you cannot remove the liners.
  3. I wouldn't worry about getting off subject. I post to start conversations as much as get information about pieces in my collection (hoard). I would guess that the vendor has little interest in showing off detail! I have also noticed that a lot of iron tosugo is posted on seller sites with little or no cleanup..... possibly because antique dealers and collectors in general as opposed to Nihontophiles like the "Fresh to the Market" uncleaned look. Possibly because a proper job involves work and time they begrudge an item they want to sell on as quickly as possible.
  4. I don't see a bayonet, but I do see a hanging strap on the left side that might be the gurometto or sword hanger. The leather ones seem to have lost the clip on the end on more than one occasion. I reckon Shanghai Naval Landing Force, especially with the armoured car in the background.
  5. Thank you for this information. I think I might even hang onto it rather than chucking or selling it on. It's surprising what moves on eb'y even with honest caveats.... though whether the buyers pass it on like that is another matter. I have sold some out and out fakes, clearly labelled as such to educators who wanted cheap examples that that they could use and lose without sorrow.... Or dress up for a showpiece on a costume/cosplay.... it would make a good eye-patch!
  6. As I understand it they just didn't polish to the current level at all, back when they were a weapon rather than an art object. Somewhere I read that the last two stones only became common in the Meiji period.
  7. If you are going to do cutting practice, using old mounts is risking your own and others safety, and similar issues with old blades, though cost could be the main factor here..... Or a belief that a new blade would give better results!
  8. Pre war Showa there was a bit of a revival in sword arts, and you can find Showa era blades in traditional style mounts. Often there were shortcuts in the forging, and once the rules came in, they would be stamped to show this. I have about a dozen of these on my computer files, and a handful are Wakizashi.
  9. The fuchi/kashira is of the late war type, and non-regulation menuki are not unknown and in this case could even be from the original koshirae, like the saya. According to Mr Komiya there is no such thing as a Gunzoku koshirae in the regs. but we see this type turn up again and again, so might be more due to exigencies of service than anything else. According to regs. the defining feature of a Gunzoku sword is an army length plain brown silk sword knot. The IJN one is shorter and a different shade of brown. (Mr Komiya admits that he is not a "sword guy", but he is The Man for IJA documents) The tsuba is of the "Bamboo leaf" design, not at all common but well known. All in all a typical late war package of an old sword, or in this case a pre-war Buke zukuri Showato remounted to go on military service.
  10. ... What date are we looking at for these cast tsuba then, late 19th or 20th century? I expected it to be a cast item because of the "soft" look to the signature. ... And yeah, I have a few different tsuba in the spares box. Like I said, I won it cheap on ebay, so no great expectations of it.
  11. Pretty much what I think as well, but at the price, I am not bothered. (cheap enough to wear for cosplay!) As for the tsuba, yeah I am pretty sure its cast as well, but the question is when? The rest of the fittings... well it's a Chonin sword with signs of wear, so pre 1872 when all sword wearing was banned. Not a high class merchant, probably somebody like one of these guys, second hand clothes dealers in the big city.
  12. .... and a few more, including one that I took of what came out of the parcel. The tsunagi is no real loss as it was a random piece inserted to hold it together and had been "buggered to fit".
  13. Having just seen a post about current shipping problems I am very aware of having just got this in time, (arrived yesterday)... and i no longer begrudge the shipping fee, which was more than the cost of the ensemble. I use the word advisedly because I have no idea if this package started life together or if it's just a collection of parts, assembled by the dealer. At the price paid, which was less than I would expect for any single item, saya, tsuka or tsuba I have no gripes or issues, though I would have liked the junk tsunagi to have arrived in one piece. Vendors photo's for the most part.
  14. I looks like my latest parcel just got in under the wire.
  15. I think you will find that multiple seppa are your friend here! Either side of a normal Tsuba, which is what was usually done at the time.
  16. Here's my contribution to the fun, described as a "Japanese ANTIQUE WOOD TANSU FURNITURE DRAWER KODANSU LACQUER DESING LEAF NR" and bought from Japan via Ebay in 2013. I use it for small items like seppa and koduka. I guess its Taisho at the oldest, but I like it.
  17. You would be surprised at how much stuff was made using "patrices" and "matrices", positive and negative moulds for thin metal stamping's. Its a technique that goes back thousands of years, for fine detail you hammer into the negative mould, usually using a lead filler or back. Most of the foils on Roman and Germanic items were done this way. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torslunda_plates Silversmithing 101. D. Rushworth 22 BA Hons', 3d art and design Google will disappoint, because google is silicon valley stoopid.
  18. It can happen, but it's a lottery with the same chances as for a big win. The "one in a million" that I got was bought to be used as an example or "pattern" without any intention or hope of it fitting, so a big surprise when it did! More usually I buy a sound but shabby piece, with damaged or absent Ito, ( would never ever cut the ito on a good piece) and throw it into water for a few hours so the rice glue dissolves. Then I do whats necessary to make it fit. I have found a few where I was not the first retro fitter with things like plugged Mekugi Ana and glued in shims or fillets of Honoki and showing signs of age. Certainly done in Japan anyway.
  19. You beat me to it with the comment about the 47. Frankly they would not have cared less about sword length law. They were on a revenge mission and knew they would be forced to suicide afterwards, and had armed and armoured themselves secretly so not to alert the authorities!
  20. I dunno about that, it's a very mutilated blade if it is, with no base "kerakubi" to the blade. I would also say that even the very short styles of yari, for inside a litter or Kago/Palanquin have a different style of mount, yari sometimes even mounted as daggers/tanto! I think we see a Meiji period Western style triangular bayonet mounted as a yari here.
  21. A bit like this one..... which is supposedly a repurposed Western Bayonet blade!
  22. I think I missed a couple there, but never mind, I think the point is made anyway. A replacement saya is a gamble with poor odds.
  23. Having a bit more time I will go into more detail. Of the eleven saya I have bought off the market only the one wood and leather and two steel Gunto saya, were ready fits for spare blades I had. The wood and leather was a complete koshirae and all of it fitted the blade I had, saya and tsuka, which we all agreed in the local To-Ken club was a one in a million chance, never to be repeated. I bought a stack of three from Japan, one of them fitted a blade I had, and the other two fitted nothing, and still not with anything six years later. Non of the others fitted blades that I had already. So eleven saya, four fitted something. What I have done on three occasions is to split and re cut a random near fit saya to fit a blade, and I have repaired two damaged saya to hold their original blades safely. Repair is easier and more sure of a decent fit. (Apologies if the numbers are a bit confusing, I kind-a-got-lost-there-myself!)
  24. Repair is always easier, and better than replace.
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