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  1. Remember that all brass was coated with some sort of brown, protective coating from the factory. Polished brass is honest wear or ignorant meddling from people who want shiny. Ultimately though, I'd expect to see more examples of painted tsuba if it was even remotely common. And no, not iron or plain tsuba obviously, I'm talking about decorative patterned tsuba. I guess it's up to you, Dave, whether you clean it off and get it back to spec or leave it as a curiosity and a point of discussion.
  2. Hi Dave. I'm of the opinion the tsuba is likely later painted. The regulations are pretty clear and I cannot see why an officer would so badly deface their symbol of office. The only plausible theory is to avoid the metal reflecting, but that is so flimsy. The 95 saya were painted black purely as a protective measure I believe, and a crude, rushed one at that. Brass does not need the same protection as steel. Iron tsuba were painted black out of necessity , not trend. As to the never say never, my crude late was sword which was painted all black has a brass tsuba, though it is absolutely spartan without any decoration at all.
  3. Absolutely repainted. Where the saya screw has been mangled, there is fresh paint on it.
  4. Pattern 7 and 8 Type 95 have a thin cloth (cotton?) Over the wooden saya which is painted. There is typically no texture though.
  5. Pure fantasy term to sell swords. Any sword carried in aircraft, submarines and tanks is a 'pilot' sword and the overwhelming evidence is that swords of all sizes were carried by all members of the armed forces. Oh, lovely looking sword too!
  6. I remember the picture of army nurses being formally presented swords as souvenirs. I believe it was a bit of a mix how they were handed out, whether collected after a battle, picked from a pile or formally presented in a ceremony.
  7. Thank you, Dave. I was prompted to do a little reading now that there are two suggestions about the period of forging. It fits pretty well. Your sword does best a number of similarities too, though I had thought the sword in question looked suriage. Kanbun-Shinto period (1658 -1683) In this period, the centers of swordmaking were Edo and Osaka, and a new style of sword appeared. This sword has extremely little sori.
  8. Thank you, Robert. Every little piece of information is useful. I understand photographs posted online are not exactly the preferred method, but I REALLY do appreciate it and so does the gentleman I'm relaying information to.
  9. Hi Ken, Confirmed that the blade fits the saya nicely. Smooth in and out, snug but not overly tight.
  10. Nah, you guys are great and I really do appreciate the help. It's not my area of expertise at all.
  11. I will ask, Ken. My understanding is the sword canes as is, no tsuka included.
  12. Hello all, By chance I met a gentleman who collected a lot of odds and ends as a youngster. One of these items was a Japanese sword. I mentioned that I know a great bunch of people who may be able to provide some additional information about it. To me, it looks like a suriage tachi. The measurements provided; the sword is exactly 750mm overall and the tang is 152mm and 29mm wide. Not a lot of rust on the nakago. It has a lovely looking tsuba and the remains of what was also likely a lovely saya, though sadly the lacquer is badly damaged. I'm sure I could get more photos if necessary, but there are no nakago markings sadly. As always, thank you to all our wonderfully knowledgeable members for their ongoing patience and assistance.
  13. Thanks for the info, Trystan. The one I found had them listed as "Japanese Military Officers Sword with lock scabbard". A bit funny to hear it's actually a Chinese copy of a Chinese sword!
  14. Not a Type 95, but saw this and thought I'd be good to post here rather than have it lost in a new thread. Not a fake, a replica Type 32. I'm sure some will be listed as original after some false aginh6though. They are very cheap, coming out of China.
  15. A good idea to pass and wait for a better example.
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