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Shamsy last won the day on December 7 2019

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  1. Thank you all who contributed. There re some valid points and perhaps most of all the last one, that it wouldn't be possible to know whether a pre-existing hole was actually reused.
  2. Not a new style, unique only in the fact this one doesn't have any serial numbers. Bit odd.
  3. Not a bad sword, condition is pretty good. The switched stamps is a rare little flaw that I've only seen a couple of times before, always on the coppers. I have one in my own collection, as does Stegel. To me that makes it a far more desirable sword, but I think that's a feature that only the minority of hard-core 95 collectors would actively seek. Was there actually a question here or are you just posting the auction?
  4. You can use something natural to condition and preserve the leather. Try this: https://www.accessiblepreservatives.com/ If you're in the US, easy. Cost me a small fortune to get it posted internationally though. Do not leave the leather in any kind of sealed plastic though. That'll rot it or make it mouldy. Apply some preserver carefully and let it be. To attach a knot, straight from the IJA (and provided by Nick).
  5. It is such a shame that the photographs of the time can be so hard to make out clearly. The wrap on the sword in the first photograph sure appears to be the same style... but is that a brass tsuba? I just can't make it out. It would be good to see what is on the nakago (if anything) of the sword... should the handle be possible to remove. I'll share what I popped together after a 'Chinese fake' was discovered to be a Javanese sword and people started to share photographs.
  6. I enjoy swords and militaria from all nations, but WW2 swords used by the Japanese and their collaborators are my main area of interest. Not purely Japanese in make or art swords. I appreciate these as another fantastic and fascinating part of history, but I prefer general military history over purely Japanese sword history. I enjoy seeing all swords that are posted, find it educational and enjoy the discussions. Differences of opinions are welcome when presented in a constructive and evidence based manner. There has been a great deal of educational material compiled and a number of discoveries due to the tireless efforts of members and those willing to share and research. Thank you all. As a side note, I have a tiny collection of kaskara just because I like them. Not great pieces, not valuable, nor fancy. I buy one every few years if I particularly like it.
  7. I have been slack lately and missed posting several more examples, so here is the latest example to support the hypothesis.The listing calls the sword a "Rare Prototype"
  8. A nice example of stamping mistakes, Bruce. As well as stamps being missed, I have an example with the first serial number on the blade being vertical instead of horizontal, stamps in the wrong order on the fuchi and very poorly struck stamps, double stamps etc. There was obviously a human element that was not quite perfect! I like to add these to the collection as funny examples.
  9. Maybe a good way to get a replacement if you could convince them to sell them separately. Luckily I have a couple of spare parts that are original tucked away
  10. Andrew is a great bloke, that will be an absolutely gorgeous sword when polished. Please make sure you post a plethora of photos for us to enjoy.
  11. Yuge news indeed! May I ask what specific information led you to that conclusion, Thomas? The sword I remember seeing with the Java mei have been found in copied Type 98 mounts.
  12. There are absolutely 'jeep spring swords' (that is the term that I hear more frequently used) made by diggers to be sold to US servicemen and there is no doubt that these are mixed into collections and estates as genuine wartime swords (which they are in a sense). The diggers also used to make and sell flags to the US servicemen. There was demand and they created a supply. I agree that it is near impossible to pick these out too. I use the term 'island swords' as a catch all for the many weird and wonderful variants, whether collaborator swords, prison camp manufactured swords, the spring swords Dave mentioned a sword repair team creating, indigenous copies, souvenirs, digger made swords.... it's just a catch all term, pretty broad. Most of these swords are one of a kind, but there are a few repeated patterns. My only requirement to call these an island sword is that there has to be appropriate age/patina to not be dismissed as a recent fake. I make no claim to which swords fit into which category. I think the only ones that are really all that possible to define are the ones inscribed with the Javanese 'mei', since there are historical accounts of the steel works on the island producing swords. All others are a guess. I have no doubt that some of the swords described by Snowy and the diggers are included in this mix. Conversely, I was sent a 'Japanese' sword and an officers map satchel with a full history of it's finding by the Australian veteran. No financial interest, sword was only sent to get more information. I don't disbelieve the story. It's not glorified and there was no financial interest. It was left behind in a Japanese complex and found by the Aussie. It's another island sword, cruder than Japanese make but looks a bit like one. While I can't say for sure, I like to believe that the story was genuine and see no reason why it wouldn't be. So I don't discount that there are at least some swords that may have an origin other than the souvenir swords made by diggers. How to pick which is which, well I think that's about impossible. Fun to speculate though, as long as everyone recognises it is only speculation.
  13. Absolutely agree, Hamish. A sword being published does not equate to authentication, nor is all information published beyond amendment. However, while the board members are often correct with initial impressions, we have collectively been wrong about enough swords that rather than dismissing swords out of hand, we should spend a few minutes to look. If speculative posts are not your thing, best to avoid them. If you want to state it is fake, perhaps do so constructively and provide some reasoning why. Here is a photo I saved of one of the swords F&G published as ersatz. I'd lump them with island swords, but a repeated pattern. No real information to add I'm afraid. I quite like seeing these swords irrespective of authenticity. It's interesting and informative and irrespective of outcome, I find the debate enjoyable when civil. Carry on @Bruce Pennington and @Stephen.
  14. You're welcome. Definitely real and good family heirlooms to pass on.
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