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Dave R

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  1. I have read elsewhere that the tight shrunk and sewn on leather covers were a quick and dirty fix for dubious tsuka on donated swords. You also see them in place of the ito, straight over the same or bare wood tsuka.
  2. I have seen a few of them, (personal opinion) I think that given the smooth finish, the bulk and the lacing, that they would have been removed before combat, when possible.
  3. They varied a lot..... Sometimes you got carefully stitched and shrunk on leather covers as well, as seen in the red outlined picture. Also note the wrapped saya in the pic.next to it.
  4. This lead insert and new mekugi-ana has always intrigued me. (not my latest blade anymore).
  5. Texas Matt, please start another separate thread for your sword, otherwise it gets very confused and useless. and we don't know which sword is being discussed.
  6. A lot of swords in various armies had chromed blades in the early 20thC . One of those things that was popular for a time and then the problems made themselves apparent. As a collector I avoid them because you never know what is going on under the plating. Stainless is now the go to for parade swords..... and I avoid them as well.
  7. Chroming a blade seems to be fairly common in the early 20th C and not just on Shin Gunto. I think it comes under the heading of "one of those good ideas, that didn't work out".
  8. It's always funny when you see a friend in these videos. James Green also fields full size cannon at events.
  9. It could be so, but double hangers were a feature of Naval swords. I think it is an old sword but with a sewn on leather cover, and double hangers fitted on leather straps under the cover. Traditional and Kai-Gunto haikan were bigger and more elaborate. According to Mr Komiya over on Warrelics.eu the NLF was far from elite and at the bottom of supply chains. That said, a lot of old swords were carried and used in this manner. https://www.warrelics.eu/forum/Japanese-militaria/Japanese-navy-canteen-664051-2/?highlight=reservists
  10. An older sword with a quick and dirty "going to war" alteration to the Saya! Also a very bad job of rebinding the Tsuka. There is potential there for both triumph and disappointment.
  11. Still making some of the same old mistakes thankfully!
  12. Lord, how I wish I could pick up katana at merely twice the price of a Wakizashi! Perhaps the market is different over here though. I do find the tsuba a bit off key though, the condition is not what I would expect to have matched with the rest of the koshirae.
  13. They changed that 2 years ago at least. My last two purchases from them, Nurizaya Wood for a Wakizashi and 100g Uchiko Powder were both paid for via Pay Pal, and very easy transactions they were indeed.
  14. And they are OK with Pay Pal. It is worth remembering that a lot of the better quality "local to you" dealers buy from Namikawa and then sell on to you with a markup.
  15. I have a fondness for them as well, and you get a lot of sword for your money!
  16. That can have been added any time in the last 80 years.
  17. Another of those, is it ain't it swords. Reverse image search didn't turn up any results, so you pays yer money and you take the risk.
  18. And how will we know one way or the other, unless we investigate, research, discuss and share?
  19. It is Japanese army though, and this site is "militaria.co.za", and this page is titled "Military Swords of Japan", note the recurrent themes of Japanese and military. If it's not your thing, that's OK, you are not forced to join in the conversation. It is a gunto, new to us all, certainly to me, and a late war one and we know that because instead of dismissing it out of hand we did the research, and have added to the pool of knowledge of such. To quote my old Guru, "fight for your limitations, and they are all yours!"
  20. Now would I do that, ^clutches pearls in horror.^
  21. If the habaki is stuck by rust, then it REALLY needs to come off.
  22. I am a sword collector, British, German, Japanese and from all over the place. Nihonto are just one area of my interest,... And Military blades (a big area of collectors interests generally.) another. Military swords sort of crop up when nations put national armies together, and medieval and ethnic collectors accept that this is a different area of collection and go elsewhere, collectors of such do not go onto Military sites and criticise collectors of Prussian Imperial Army blades for example. This sort of criticism seems to be unique to Japanese sword collecting. When Japan decided to "modernise" they took sword production to another place, while recognising and valuing their traditions. Perhaps Japanese sword collectors should do the same. Just saying, German collectors love the late war ersatz products, and respect them as a nation fighting to the end......
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