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  1. They look like Tachi mounts and fittings. These were actually on a WW2 '98 sword l found, and I replaced with a normal '98 tsuba. Maybe some WW2 swords had them fitted. Don't know for sure.
  2. The fittings and tsuba are brass. My understanding is that they are plated with silver, and the silver is chemically blackened.
  3. Found this one lurking in a cupboard, even has a real gendai blade. All matching numbers.
  4. George, that is actually a 1944 Mantetsu blade, with Dairen Railway stamp.
  5. Here is a selection of WW2 '94, '98, '97, RS, and MRS types. All have traditionally made Gendai blades, some papered.
  6. Volker, looked at my. 94's and nothing like your fuchi.
  7. A photo of the YASUKUNI SHRINE just before Covid. I think the guard was trying to indicate something to me. I think he asked if I had any butter, saying that it would make it easy on both of us when he tried to relocate my camera.
  8. There was another YASUNORI, Kajiyama. An alternate pronunciation of his name was YASUTOKU. YASUTOKU made superior grade gendai-to. He was born in 1881 and died in 1957. This is an early work, 1938, and is in a leather covered gloss green saya. As with many other YASUKUNI outfits, the fittings are also stamped with the SUYA COMPANY logo. Looking forward to more YASUKUNI swords being shown on this thread.
  9. Volker, here is a KOTANI YASUNORI of mine. Aluminium saya, pierced tsuba etc. The interesting thing about my YASUKUNI SHRINE swords, is that the fittings are marked with the SUYA COMPANY of TOKYO logo. To your knowledge, was SUYA the authorized fittings supplier to Yasukuni swords?
  10. Bruce, nice idea. The Nihonto Message Board, Military section is turning into a pretty good reference site for WW2 swords. The work you guys have done on Mantetsu and Stamps for example, have added additional knowledge on the subjects. With your permission I will kick off the discussion with what I know, and what I have in my collection. Starting off with a 1944 MASANAO. But first a bit of background. In 1940, discussions were conducted between Senior Naval personal and Chief Priest Goto of the MINATOGAWA JINJA (shrine) with the objective of establishing the KIKUSUI TANTO KAI, (The Kikusui Sword Forging Association). The swords forged here would be presented to select Naval Officers. So in late 1940 a temporary forge was set up, then in late 1941 the forge was moved to the grounds of the Minatogawa Shrine in Kobe. These swords would be distributed by the Japanese Naval Academy. The art names of the swordsmiths were given the prefix MASA, this was bestowed on them in honor of MASAshige, a defeated commanding officer of Emperor Go-Daigo, who in 1336 committed seppuku. A shrine honoring Masashige was built in 1872, this is the Minatogawa Shrine. The Shrine was bombed and destroyed on March 17 1945. The sword smiths who produced swords at the shrine were .... MASATADA MASATAKA MASAAKI MASANAO MASAYOSHI MASAKIYO. The swords made here are true Nihonto. In general the swords are signed, MINATOGAWA JINJA MASA.... The Navy requested that the swords be made in the Ko-Bizen style, with suguha or ko-choji hamon. It is estimated that only about 3900 swords were ever made at Minatogawa, and many of these are at the bottom of the sea! Hence their rarity and collectability. So this is a MASANAO sword. Masanao's name was Okada Yoshiaki (1917-1972), the features of this sword are Nagasa 66.5 cm, sori 2.3 cm, in Itame hada and Gunome Choji Hamon. The KIKUSUI Mon (chrysanthemum on water) is on the nakago and habaki. This is the symbol of the Japanese Navy of the time. I welcome any additional information, corrections and other examples.
  11. I put this up for no other reason than personal indulgence. When I feel a little weary of swords, I pull this out and re-charge my "collecting batteries". You can get lost in the hada and hamon on this February 1944 Amatsu MASAKIYO. And his "squiggly wiggly" (I think that is a technical term), signature and mei cutting. A page from that great book by SLOUGH goes into a little detail about this RJT, High-Grade smith. To be honest, I am amazed Masakiyo doesn't have a high Yen rating.
  12. Dunno Bruce, but a similar one of mine has a similar dedication to the TAGA SHRINE in Japan, and the God of protection, DAIMYOJIN lives there.
  13. Geoff, yes black dyed shark skin same.
  14. As I indicated in a post on this subject, I believe the sarute cord color closely matches the handle wrap ITO. For me a missing piece of the puzzle, was how was a Navy cord sarute tied? Remembering that an important part of sea faring was rope skills, and tying knots, you would imagine that a simple granny knot would not go down well with a Navy officer. I have come across some tied like the attached photos. I have no idea how to reproduce the knot, and I will not un-tie this one to find out! But it certainly looks Nautical to me.
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