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Bruce Pennington

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  1. Ok, maybe it's my browser, but many of the photos, including those of the nakago, are gone or not viewable anymore.
  2. If you're planned to re-sell, $2,000 is too high. He's asking above the high end of market price for it already. Most nice kyu run $1,200-1,800, but my numbers may be dated. The market is climbing on all swords lately. And I certainly wouldn't pay that much without seeing the nakago. Many of these are zoheito, or factory blades. Mine is gorgeous, but it's a zoheito, not nihonto, and I paid $1,200, which was a good market value price, at the time. Amazing Type 19! Needs to go in the Large Gunto thread! Another interesting gunto is the Rinji in the display case in your 3rd photo. Probably an RJT-made blade.
  3. Trystan, you're killin' me! You're determined to make me learn Japanese aren't you?! Ha! So: 大正 Taisho 1912 So could be a date? Could we see a broader photo of the nakaga where it sits? It would give more perspective as to it's possible purpose/meaning.
  4. While I think these were designed and made at the Mantetsu factory, the question of 'when' remains. While reading Nick's description of the destruction of mainland Japan's sword production by Allied bombing, he says this: "When mainland production was in such a stage of grasping at straws, continental facilities like Jinsen and Nanman were safe havens away from all the bombing, but unlike before, they no longer had the luxury of job distribution possibilities with the mainland and had to produce everything locally, lock, stock and barrel. I am not enough of a sword fan to know how Mantetsu split jobs with mainland companies, but if they had been relying on Japan for the Koshirae, the tide of the times would have required all that to be Manchurian sourced as well. " This could be an explanation for the SMR version of the RS.
  5. Found by Thomas @Kiipu from a Gunboards Post. Note the absence of even the hole for a sarute!
  6. No more so than the application the gunto did to the Allies. We weren't there. For the guys that came back with these, many considered them no more valueable than a weed whacker. For us, we see history. We have the Collection Bug. Same goes for the Chinese or any other nationality that has the same perspective as ourselves.
  7. That’s a beauty, Thomas,! Better than the one I have in the stamps document. But not for long!
  8. For the seppa, you are missing one of each. Sometimes you can find guys at NMB that have spares to sell, but they're pretty easy to find on fleabay without much risk of fakery.
  9. Roy, Cool piece you have there! John is right about the tsuka. Considering the condition of the nakago, I'd say the tsuka was replaced or re-fitted along the way. An original NCR tsuka would look like this: But whether that was replaced during or after the war, no way to know. Thanks for the pics of the nakago. I'd say the date is 1940: I believe you about the serial number, but would still appreciate a photo for the files, if you don't mind. And at least one shot of the blade with hamon?
  10. You can highlight just a word, or sentence that you want to address and a "Quote" tab appears. Click on that and the selected section of words appear in your "reply" window without quoting the whole post. I use the technique when I see that the guy I want to converse with isn't "Following" the thread. As far as I know, they may never re-visit the discussion. The quote sends them a notice.
  11. Tap this peg (mekugi) out from the other side and the handle (tsuka) and metal fittings slide off the tang (nakago). If they are tight, light tapping with a rubber mallet on the handguard (tsuba) or with a wooden block will loosen everything up. No harm will come to your sword by doing this.
  12. We're off in LaLa Land in speculation, but I'll join. The initial Western styled blades like the Type 19, 25, and 32 weren't "ideal for combat" either, as they quickly found out in the China invasion in the 1920s, but they were using them. It's all they had and it was Army issue. They HAD to use it. As WWII progressed, they were experimenting with various production methods and steels in an attempt to meet a demand they couldn't keep up with. Innovation was active and alive. If all that was available to a new Naval officer, on new-guy pay, was a "anti-rust" bladed gunto, I can assure you he was not going to go to war without a gunto.
  13. Ok, I see what you mean (and as Geoff said, they are 10-petal sakura, or cherry blossoms). Steve or Stegel will have to give the definitive answer, but I can see that the top on, with yellow, was made by the mystery "Ichi" company (possibly Kobe Shoten) and the bottom 2 are Suya Shoten and Iijima Co. It's likely to simply be a difference in shop preference. But I'm purely guessing.
  14. Maybe an example photo would help. They were all painted yellow, but the paint on the aluminum handles quite often wore off. I'll be a 'brassy' looking one is on a tsuka that was coated. I've forgotten the chemical name, but @Shamsy or @Stegel knows the term. It gave the aluminum a brass coloration, and has tricked me, in the past, to thinking I was looking at a fake copper handle.
  15. Durrell, (I just realized I called you 'Corry' on your other thread! Are you a man with 2 first names?) Can't picture what would cause a "bump" as you draw out the blade. Even if your saya has a dent, the slide of the smooth blade across the dent would be uniform across the surface of a smooth blade. To your color question, there is quite a lot of variation in saya colors. Just do a search for 'black painted saya' and 'red bean color saya' and you'll start seeing many colors. Steve @Shamsy (or @Stegel? or both) have white-painted saya. Is that the only reason you were thinking it needed re-paint? Or are you simply bothered by the wear marks? I don't recommend it. I went through that myself when I stripped a 95 that had been totally painted gold, even the blade was painted. After stripping, there was no original paint underneath. Bubba had totally stripped the gunto before painting gold. The problem is there is no after-market paint that properly matches the Japanese Army sword green. I found a guy who pointed me to some spray paint for their army helmets, but it turned out too green. I had to blend some brown spray with the helmet spray to approximate the sword green. It's closer, but obvious when seeing among other 95s. Plus, it all looks too new. Still way better than the all-gold it came in, but your original paint is way better than my re-painted gunto.
  16. Corry, Those all look legit to me, but I could be wrong on any of them. John, @PNSSHOGUN, would be the ultimate source to ask. By "late war sarute" do you mean like we see on the Rinji seishiki gunto?
  17. Neil, you're killin' me! You know I have a compulsion to gather all examples onto one single reference thread, don't do this to me! Ha! Seriously, that's really cool. I have not heard of, nor seen, the thin sarute until now. Thanks for bring it up. But since you've begun the "Gunto Sarute" thread, here's a link of one with great examples of the clasped hands or monkey hands sarute: And some fine examples of basic, or late-war, sarute on RS gunto:
  18. Corry, That chart comes from Ohmura's site: http://ohmura-study.net/794.html I have it as a permanent bookmark on my browser. Brian my have some better suggestions, but I'm not sure having it pinned here at NMB is any easier to access that a link to Ohmura's site. I have real examples of the stamps in my Stamps of the Japanese Sword booklet. And I've started (need to finish) uploading those examples on Brian's Gallery pages here: https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/gallery/category/3-arsenal-stamps/ But I agree, prowling through 26 pages of the Arsenal Stamps thread for a single stamp is not the best way to find a particular stamp you're looking for. Brian - thoughts?
  19. Good example of both the 4mm and 6mm on this thread:
  20. Thanks for the pics, Tony! I'm glad the gunto got into the hands of one of our own! I had pics of that one from an auction house. What I didn't have, though, was that Yoshiharu blade with a "200" on it. Thanks again!!!
  21. @Kiipu - I don't see an anchor on your 6mm link. Good idea adding the topic, thanks! The navy stamping has been neglected for too long.
  22. @Kiipu - here’s two fine examples of the large and small anchors.
  23. @drb 1643, if you don't get a translation here, try over on the Translation Assistance forum.
  24. Tony, Can I get a photo of the number? Assuming there's no date on the other side?
  25. Jon, The flowered pattern on the tsuba and fittings show that this was made for someone serving in the Gunzoku, the civil side of the Army. You can google the term and get full descriptions of that branch of service. There is a good thread on NMB about these, but I've tried 10 times to find it without any luck. My search skills are legendary in their ineptitude. Ohmura's site has a depiction of it too, but I can't find that either. On another note, the Showa stamp at the top tells us that the blade was a good quality showato (non-traditionally made), and most likely made in 1940-1941, although the stamp is found on a rare few blades from the full range of 1935-1945. I assume there is no date on the other side? Here is a screenshot from the Ohmua site:
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