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  1. I was referring to this thread specifically, which may be of interest to you, Paul: I find the idea plausible, Paul. I'm not sure why they would do it though (since the swords already had numbers) and seeing that this is the only example, if it was a practice they employed even temporarily, I would expect to see a handful of these pop up by now. Intriguing, but I am remembering how much money I wasted chasing stories over facts and restraining myself from trying to buy the sword for my own collection.
  2. Genuine sword, but the additional habaki and saya numbers... great story, which without a reference to back it up, a story is worth nothing. Not something I would like to try and explain were I hoping to sell the sword. With a primary source to confirm the stamping of swords by the occupation forces, it would increase value. As it is, it greatly detracts. Afraid I can't recall ever hearing of this or seeing another 95 like this. There are some 98s with numerical habaki stamps, but I don't recall them having corresponding saya numbers. So even were you to try and tenuously create a link there, it doesn't add up I'm afraid. Good luck on your search to verify the occupation force practice. Please do keep us up to date if you do find something as every little bit of extra information is invaluable to researchers and collectors.
  3. That just looks like the second part of the knot in shadow, Bruce. The ito patterns on swords can change between patterns and manufacturers.
  4. Just too add one comment more. I think a Type 95 blade in officer mounts would be infinity more likely to be genuine than an officers blade in 95 mounts. Blades were obviously in shortage, but I've not seen anything to suggest koshirae were ever hard to obtain. I can easily imagine an officer remount a 95 blade they purchased and owned, but absolutely don't believe an NCO would do the same for their issued sword. Always an exception though.
  5. Oh, should have commented. It 100% is and it is correct for the serial number range of the Pattern 1. You can clearly see the curved 'shoe' shaped brass plug of the saya in the photo, under the added officers cap.
  6. Honestly, I really don't know with this one. I don't have 109 listed in my Pattern 1 database, though I have about 20 swords to add when I have time and energy to update. Stegel may have different records to me. The stamps look correct, as does the saya. If there was ever a 'real' example of a private purchase sword that was modified to look like an officer sword, I would say this is a good candidate. Could it also be a project by someone with parts or a fabrication of a 'rare' sword? absolutely. That's about all I have to say. If someone wants to buy this, then please share it with the forum when you get a hands-on look.
  7. Repro. Looks exactly like the examples we already have in the thread.
  8. At least this one actually has a habaki! But why mount it in NCO fittings if you can get a traditional koshirae? There was never a shortage of fittings that I am aware of. Some materials, but you can find traditionalfittings in all materials well towards te end of the war. I'm not sure taking fittings belonging to the emperors for your personal blade would have been considered very proper.
  9. I've always been clear in my opinion about historic blades in 95 fittings. There is a thread about it somewhere so I won't repeat my points. I am very sceptical about these. Regarding the black, it is certainly period. Is it original to the sword when it left the arsenal? I think it is extremely unlikely, for the reasons outlined and discussed in the black saya thread. I find myself somewhat unsure why there are black saya now. The ones crudely applied over brown/OD original paint and the more neatly applied are in different categories. Nick seems adamant that there was no shortage of brown paint and red bean was a readily available alternative. So why the black? I really don't know anymore. Can someone with better eyes tell me if the shots attached have rust colouration or are traces of previous paint? Seems to have saved all the pictures as one and in poor resolution... looking mainly at the end near the drag and one mid saya shot.
  10. Yeah, that's my feeling too.
  11. They started at one. I have two digit, three and four digit examples. Dawson lists a single digit sword in the books list.
  12. There have been a number of coppers with replaced iron tsuba and a second screw. The tsuba should be a little thicker though, as the coppers and transitional model to aluminium have a thicker tsuba than later models. There was a little said not too long ago about these coppers with later parts in the history thread for 95s. The fuchi is incorrect though (as already stated), so maybe it is a bit of a hatchet job. I have the parts to 'restore' it, but I'm not a big fan of messing with anything that has been that way so long and isn't a recent monkey job.
  13. Absolutely fake. There are a range of bohi styles and none are like that. Clear signs of a fake, though the other details are okay from a fuzzy photo. Skinny habaki and handle. Fake, but a well made one. Not Polish; they are Iijima. The most obvious sign are the saya serial numbers, but the overall quality of the fuchi stamps and tsuka (suspiciously absent of paint) are also telling. Patina looks artificial. The blade serial numbers are excellent though. Suspension ring is correctly located. Kissaki is a dumpy mess. Both of these swords are a next step up from the usual rubbish. There are similar examples in this thread. It is becoming a bit of a concern.
  14. Your eyes are better than mine, Bruce! I completely missed the ending 3 on the saya, somehow! Not a dud then, but the level of paint wear on the tsuka leaves a lot to be desired.
  15. Looks alright to me, nothing obviously wrong with it. I'd say legit. Not very good photos though. Still can't see the whole sword which is usually important. Iijima tends to be the best examples of repro aged to fake, but that's neither here nor there. Surprised that so much of the details paint is absent from the handle, so that'd be a bit of an issue to me from a collecting standpoint. Edited to remove question of matching number.
  16. More pictures required. There are quite a number of variations to the Kokura stamp. Also, placement on the habaki doesn't really mean anything. In my folder of mistamped swords, there are stamps in the wrong orientation, wrong place, double struck... What I can see that I don't like is the paint, the very sharply bent locking latch and the screw which looks completely wrong. The fit between the fuchi and tsuka is very poor too. Based on one photo, I'd be cautious. With more photos, it would be obvious whether it is a fake or real 95.
  17. Looks like patina to me, Bruce. Hard to tell though.
  18. The saya ring is looking better located, but the sword is the same easily identifiable trash.
  19. Fuchi can be plated. Not sure about tsuba. Looks more like a trick of the light than actual steel colour though. Looks like a cut down sword, though pic quality is very low for me. There are a few swords with handles that have been modified. I have a pattern 5 with the handle being replaced by leather and plexiglass washers. That's not that uncommon and Raymond LeBar has a few examples of this being done to bayonets too. I guess you could call it trench art?
  20. He did ruin a fairly rare Type 95 variant by mixing parts in an effort to make it more valuable. There is a thread on this very forum where Stegel points it out.
  21. Hi George. Have you seen the thread regarding the Rinji swords on Warrelics? Someone definitely has compiled dates for these swords... I just can't remember where or who exactly. As you astutely observe, I'm sure Bruce will remember who and where, if it was not him.
  22. Always going to be dishonest people looking to make a buck. Dishonesty deserves no respect.
  23. I like the blade design, probably only on a whim because it is different. The rest is so much meh. Personally, if I owned it, I'd remove all the koshirae and have a new one made to suit the blade. Patchwork pieces are pretty gaudy and unappealing to me. To me, I emphasise. We all have different tastes and we should respect that.
  24. Fantastic and well done, Bruce! Right on the money, the nut was just on backwards. Sometimes the simple solution is right there in front of us but you were the only one to see it. Cheers for the update, Elco68.
  25. I recognised the saya from a previous listing when the alert popped up this morning. Don't remember the rest of the sword being part of the sale, so good detective work, Trystan. I'd never buy anything from him anyway because you just don't know how much tampering has taken place. He throws rare and prototype around like they're going out of style. Typically the two words that make me take a careful second look with a sceptical eye. I wonder how many frankenswords we see here might have their origins with him.
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