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    I collect and research Japanese Type 95 NCO swords.

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  1. Nothing wrong with careful cleaning and preventing further decay, but other than tidying up the blade with oil and hard work, just let the old girl have a rest in retirement. The Best thing you can do is wear cotton gloves when handling so your own skin doesn't further degrade finish, particularly paint. That's a nice variation of the early Gifu contractors. They tried to maintain a realistic ito wrap by slightly adjusting the front face ito to 'dip' a little. The forward retention screw thus passes through the same diamonds on both sides. Somewhere from rare to uncommon to find the early swords. Gifu are a less common contractor too, so a decent one to start with.
  2. Lovely little sword and it looks to me as though it is all original to the piece. I really like these tantos mounted as swords. Rare as hens teeth.
  3. I agree. This is a pretty definitive statement that suggests even where an NCO has access to an officer sword, we would not deface both it AND his ISSUED sword (which he did not own) by ripping them apart and jamming them together. The NCO fittings with officer blade myth should be buried deep, lest it become as embedded as the 'pilot gunto' myth or the Type 3 designation. That towards the end of the war NCO could bring there own swords is an undisputed fact though. I would imagine (conjecture only) that these were all civilian mounts though. Impersonating an officer is not a trivial matter. There are some photos too of soldiers/NCO with swords that were not 95s... Pretty sure F&G had one in their books. *Throwing in a disclaimer that I am aware that more than NCO and Commissioned Officer ranks were authorised to carry swords. NCO is just an easier 'catch all' reference.
  4. More money than sense. Just lazy not to do the research, but it'll be a lesson they're unlikely to forget quickly.
  5. My mantetsu with aluminum saya is 1941, so not pre-40s.
  6. I'm afraid for $800 you will likely get a very poor Rinji Seiskiki without a tassel. If you want a good example, this one is very well priced and in top condition. Expect to pay around 200 more for a basic tassel.
  7. Suya Type 95 sword for NCOs. Later example with the Tokyo star stamp and little less common than Kokura stamps. A bit of a rough example though. Mass made, machine made blade which will be unsigned. Nothing to disassemble for and find, so leave it as is. There is a wealth of information about these online, so now you have a model, have a look and see what you can find.
  8. My coppers are all rock solid, but yes, I am aware there was some limited effort to modify a few that were returned for maintenance. I added a fair bit of info to a post a few months back about coppers that were returned and had a replacement iron tsuba added along with a second screw. There are a few second screws I consider to be less honest seeming examples, but I think the judgement is a case by case basis.
  9. That's an absolutely awesome find! Waiting for a full translation if possible. None of mine will ever be disassembled, despite some interesting stamps and apparently documents being found.
  10. Nice, clean example and a bonus to include the sarute. The early Suya are well made swords and you've got a nice level of patina without being worn out.
  11. Off the topic of transaltions and dicussion of the blade, but since there is a generated discussion about the blade and fittings.... We discussed officer blades being jammed into 95 mounts not that long ago and there were plenty of examples shown in the thread (now attached below). My opinion was and remains that these are all put-together swords of various crudeness. I don't put any credence in the idea that some private officer purchases of 95s had blade 'upgraded'. There would be little to no difficulty getting a proper koshirae made for a better blade. Blades were in shortage, not koshirae (other than brass as a material, though this can still be found in abundance on the very latest war representative examples of 98s). The vast differences, quality of fitting, crude workmanship and ugly mix of fittings of these swords screams a post war put-together in all cases I have seen. Some don't have habaki fitted, some show obvious signs of grinding and crude fitment. I cannot believe for a minute any self respecting officer would have chosen to retain any part of the private purchase 95 by choice. Nick has already stated that Rinji swords required a lot of propaganda to 'sell' to proud officers (and these we're proper officer swords), so the private purchase 95s were likely a stop-gap measure, one of necessity, not desire. This likely explains why no photographs (that I am aware of) have ever been found where a commissioned officer is posing with a Type 95. Can I categorically say for sure it never happened? Of course not, but I think the onus rest on those trying to prove the 'theory' rather than the skeptics. Something fitting well means only that someone spent more than an hour making it fit. For those interested, here are a few examples of nice blades in NCO fittings: Here is an example of the reverse, NCO blade fitted in 98 Koshirae:
  12. That's a really nice sword. Thanks for sharing. I'm glad the leather remains. Not pretty but an important part of the swords history. Otherwise it'd just be another unknown providence wak
  13. You would do better to ask in the Nihonto section of the board. A search for 'polishing' will also yield results.
  14. Absolutely 100% real, no doubt at all. A lot of these later swords have great paint retention. Paint shades and colours vary, no issue. Menuki often are, it's the edges, the way the sword is held, the fact they are raised and (pure conjecture) perhaps the type of paint used. You got a really nice example. Congratulations, don't consider condition a bad thing! I don't think it's repainted at all.
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