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  1. 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
  2. You would do better to ask in the Nihonto section of the board. A search for 'polishing' will also yield results.
  3. 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.
  4. It certainly has genuine patina, but the materials of the koshirae and style are very unusual. It looks more like an 'island sword' to me. The nakago will be most telling.
  5. I've seen them for sale here, but whether they were imported from the U.S. or U.K. first, I don't know.
  6. As in for sale, in collections or have I owned one? To answer simply, I've not seen any in other collections (Not that I see many other collections in Australia, though I've seen them for sales a couple of times in auctions here. I've never owned one, not my area of collecting.
  7. Certainly looks authentic. Someone will be able to reference Dawson's book, I'm sure he has it listed.
  8. Pierre is a great bloke, but I'm not sure why he attributed the sword to Chinese. They had their own sword, but like Trystan said, it may have been captured or purchased. Unlikely to ever know. It's a genuine example of a 32 though, so much better this time around.
  9. Just going to add some additional information for exportation of swords from Australia. I had a lot of difficulty sending a sword to the U.S. The Australia Post requirements for packaging are onerous and greatly increase the cost of shipping. However, exportation of sword is allowed to most countries (Aus Post staff can check individual countries for you). This information was sent from Australia Post after a sword was returned: The packaging for sharp-edged or pointed item must comprise: Primary wrapping with the sharp edges or points wrapped in or protected by cork, polyurethane foam or similar material. An outer rigid container of metal, wood, strong plastic or other rigid material. Scabbards do not count as fulfilling these requirements. A Type 95 in a wooden lined, steel scabbard with a steel retaining latch. It is not considered 'safe' to transport. Always get tracking, always pay for insurance, always get signature on delivery. Ask for the yellow 'fragile' tape to be added to the package, for whatever good that does. Longer swords may exceed limits for parcel length (the limit is determined by the length of shipping crates). Some officers are happy to 'make it fit' for you (Basically the just put it diagonally in the crate), but that's on an individual basis. For importation there seems to be no issue with length, but a silly rule for exportation.
  10. Yeah, not the bolt I hoped for! Peg replacement needed.
  11. Looks awfully like a bolt from a 95. What does the nut look like?
  12. I think I remember Nick providing some archived directive that stipulated sword length, but quite evidently that was not adhered to, whether it was a shortage of blades and necessity or a simple choice to be lax in enforcement. There are examples of anything from o-tanto to hulking great tachi floating around in military mounts.
  13. I tend to agree with John, more so because lengthy of swords was a personal preference. I'm not sure making a Spring-To dictates a particular length. Who knows though.
  14. Sorry Dave, did I miss something? Why are those swords likely the spring steel ones?
  15. There are a ton of oddities as you state, Dave. It is a shame we will never really be able to distinguish these. Some are well made, some not so... just thinking about that appallingly crude sword a few years ago which we all called fake (I was guilty), until some clever cookie realised it matched a tang rubbing one from F&G... I'll see if I can find that for prosperity. The Chinese made swords are actually quite nice. A hot-stamp on the tang, decent fittings, consistent design. They were called fake for a long time too before people paid attention. Here are some pics, just for interest. They don't really add to this topic much. Apologies for the sword being on the floor. We were all novices once and I did not realise it was disrespectful at the time. Ah, found that sword I remembered (or another example anyway)! Would immediately be dismissed on first glance, but it's a nice example of a Java made sword, produces at the steelworks garrison town in central Java. Shiyawaka Sumara.
  16. Just looks like another fake to me Bruce, with a few touches to try and make it look older. All the same issues as the first. I don't think there's anything of interest here I'm afraid, no new discoveries (except that people are still buying swords without any research or effort prior to purchase).
  17. Ultimately, I cannot really imagine how we would ever differentiate there swords from the dozens of 'island swords' that we have seen. Is there any real way to tell? Was there a stamp, an engraving, a particular 'pattern' proved commonality? It looks like there is little info so doubt we will ever find out, but I would dearly love to know.
  18. While I am pretty confident it is a repro, remember that F&G do talk about the Type 32s that were made in Japan and sold to foreign military's (I think they say these lacked the 'cannonball' stamps), as well as foreign made swords that are basically aesthetically identical. They only briefly mention it, but thought it was worth dredging up some basic from so long ago in case people have forgotten. Oh, they were not talking about the PLA swords either. Those are an entirely different pattern they mention separately. I still think repro; Stephen has mentioned a few times that there were a ton of these made quite a few decades ago, so patina might be genuine, even if the sword is not.
  19. I have seen far cruder fittings on genuine swords. FAR cruder. Are we all so quick to forget the Seki sticker swords? Let me see if I can find the thread to jog some memories. https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/21190-seki-inspection-tag-on-combat-saya/ (you will have to work with the mix of paper and foil stickers/swords shown and follow a few linked threads. There was a better thread but who knows where that was pre 2016...) The late war type 98 kabutogane Dave posted should be enough of a reminder that crude fittings are not a decisive factor. Having said that, I won't comment on the actual sword in question as it would just be a guess. I really don't know if it is genuine. There will be some to say yes, others to say no, as the division on the already post shows. Good luck deciding if your sword is genuine, but consensus is leaning to no.
  20. Absolutely gorgeous to have it all together. What history. The sarute is the same as the one on my mantetsu. It replaced the original cord sarute.
  21. You have done an excellent job of already picking the issues! well done, so I put some extra effort in and grabbed some photos for you. I'll comment on what I feel are the more apparent tells of the sword. Now, I'm looking at photos so don't jump on me and savage if it's not easy to tell. The saya throat is not even, the screw is incorrect and it looks crude. The fuller/bohi starts in the wrong place, is the wrong width, depth and design and terminates in the wrong place. There should be stamps on the guard. The serial numbers are in the wrong place; they are always much further towards the hilt, making them hard to photograph. Regarding the other issues... these are tells but not to be solely relied on. The handles can wear and were hand carved I believe, so there is some variation. Serial numbers come in a range of fonts Washers are sometimes missing, it's old leather after all. Blade sharpness varies, not sure that's a huge give away. Grabbed 3 Ko and 2 Otsu to demonstrate. They are all pretty consistent. Damn I'd forgotten my love affair with Type 32s. Oops, reached upload limit... ah well, that's all you get then!
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Absolutely repainted. Where the saya screw has been mangled, there is fresh paint on it.
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