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Dave R

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  1. I have a wakizashi of this form, posted elsewhere here. The katana seem to be a specialist blade, apparently favoured for competitive test cutting nowadays.
  2. It's worth remembering just how many swords there were and are in Japan. Also a good maker does not mean that a good sword was used, most likely damaged blades. Anything saleable would have gone to market.
  3. I have this one, faint but still there, traces of a cut to the mune. A Wakizashi cut down to a long Wakizashi or short Katana.
  4. The wooden linings of a metal saya are quite easily removable . I would check them out first for damage and contamination. Lots of information in the military section of this forum.
  5. I also think that the items at top have a complicated history, with old genuine mounts and pieces salted through with dubious stuff. If anyone wanted to move on a damaged or very poor condition (unsaleable) Nihonto, sticking some genuine(ish) WW2 mounts on it would make an otherwise junk blade readily saleable, because militaria sells by a different criteria to Nihonto.
  6. It's always a problem when stuff is jumbled up, it's why I get a bit twitchy when someone piggybacks on a thread with a different item. This style keeps turning up and I thinks it's a legit Showa empire piece, but whether it's for Manchuria or Chinese collaborators I cannot say.
  7. Sell it on Ebay..... Only joking! Generally they were made with vegetable tanned leather which is prone to rot, and the quality varied a lot. I have one that is top quality bridle leather, and others that show all the signs of late war shortages. The stitching is usually too fine to restitch as well. As suggested above, replace it with an original.
  8. There are some examples here with photo's, but I would be wary. These are not official arms but substitutes and survival knives, much like the tanto that turn up in just wood and leather mounts. http://ohmura-study.net/762.html
  9. This looks very like one of those blades still in shirasaya that then had the minimum done to make it serviceable in combat. Traditional tsuba as well. A nice find indeed.
  10. The giveaway is bright un-patinated brass, as always. The real ones have a copper finish, with yellow brass highlights.
  11. I think a "Bitser", possibly an original very very worn blade, and the rest a grab bag of replica parts. The leather of the saya is a give-away, it should be vegetable tanned with very small stitches.
  12. Western Bayonet blade in Japanese mounts... I know nothing else about this piece, and it has been discussed elsewhere.
  13. There look to be a few genuine parts on it, but overall, yep it's a fake.
  14. Does a damn good German style beer, no one wanted to close down the German founded brewery and it still runs today. Sometimes governments get it right!
  15. I have seen a couple of them, and they are very good..... It gets harder every year!
  16. Big fairs small fairs, I enjoy them all. I rarely leave without something of interest.
  17. There is also an arms and militaria fair regularly held at Pudsey, Leeds. Fingers crossed! There are usually a couple of dealers with Nihonto there.
  18. I have seen this done with Saxon and Viking blades, with similar results.
  19. Over on Japanese Militaria our resident native Japanese contributor is adamant that this is not a good idea. He compares it to contacting a German family and offering to return a case of SS marked grenades that their Granddad had left behind. On another note, the family would also need to pay for a sword license in order to keep it. Other more personal relics like Hinomaru, Senninbari and Yosegaki are another matter, and are often welcomed as giving closure on a lost family member.
  20. I still acquire fun finds though it gets harder every year, At shows I look under the dealers table, and every so often take a punt online. Most recently two complete East African spears of the type with iron ends and a wooden grip in the centre. Only one other bidder and they didn't realise how valuable these are now. Nicely forged and the heads as sharp as razors... What I had failed to comprehend was the length of the b'ggers when assembled
  21. Buy your microfiber from an optician or a lens supplier, oddly enough they are really hot on the good stuff....
  22. Not so much comparing, as contrasting and explaining why Seki was OK with the stuff. Industrial cementation was done over 7 to 10 days... The knife makers are working on a vastly smaller scale.... but do show the process.
  23. The UK only video shows the industrial production of steel, in the 1930's, and Blister and shear, and double shear steel were still being made, but by the hundredweight not the the pound weight. The rail tracks used by the Seki smiths were made by this very method, and that's why it was a preferred material, and damn good material for a blade it was! I will stick my neck out, and say that it was in no way inferior to tamahagane.
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