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  1. Offered for sale from my "will-never-sell" collection, is a 1943 Koa-Isshin Mantetsu. If you never buy another WW2 Shin-Gunto, this has to be it. This is an original sword, all matching, never restored, in as good a condition as I have ever seen in years of collecting. This taken to war sword has the patina that you would expect, but with no dents, complete paint, and a fantastic blade. The Habaki is the beautiful striated copper found in premium mounts, and the fittings still have the original brown finish used on this model, and a working center locking mechanism. These swords have a well deserved reputation for great cutting ability, and this is no exception. These swords are now very sought after, and have recently been copied, so this is an opportunity to add an original genuine example to your collection. The price is AUD3100, expressed posted. Converted to USD or EURO, is a "giveaway" price for such a good example. For an extra AUD80, I will add an officers blue/brown tassel. Please express you interest by Personal Messager so I can reply directly.
  2. Kevin, a couple of questions.... Polished and papered? What period? What budget?
  3. I believe this is Nobuhide, if I am reading the book in Japanese correctly.
  4. Dave, are you hinting at '"sword snobbery"? I have said many times that a machine made NCO sword for example, is a genuine part of Japanese sword history, because it was taken to war the defend the Empire. The military sword cannot be ignored or passed off as inferior, tell that to the troops who carried it into war, or attacked a tank with it when they ran out of ammo! Anyway, a sword is made of 2 parts, a blade and Koshirae. The military Koshirae is unique/varied/interesting/beautiful. The blade can range from a family heirloom, to one made of mill steel. A photo attached of a ancestral blade in military mounts, and papered, is this an inferior sword?
  5. Hi Trystan, of course anything is possible, but in the case of the 1938, there is only one hole in the handle as well. And everything fits perfectly. At one time, I had similar thoughts to you, but wondered if the factory was cleaning out its factory of retained samples of blades, and decided to mount them, who knows. I only wish there was more information on this model, in the mean time the detective work continues. By the way Trystan, do you know of any Mantetsu blades in regular Japanese RS (type 3) mounts?
  6. Bruce, if you go to my last post in Mantetsu owners, a survey, you will see the 1938 MRS outfit with the cloth wrapped handle, and the blade stamped with the Railway stamp, and dated 1938. This reinforces my hypothesis that the MRS (blade and koshirae) sword was a unique and individual model in its own right. I suspect they were made for the Japanese troops stationed in Manchuria, and probably designed there. As PNSSHOGUN (John) suggested somewhere, the fittings have an almost Chinese design look about them. Remember in the Ohmura study, it is mentioned how Japanese blades would break in the cold Manchurian environment. And this was one of the drivers for a steel to be developed to withstand the cold. "Mantetsu". I have examples spanning 1938 to 1945, all with Mantetsu blades. So again, theories like, late war home defense swords, Rinji prototypes, etc, I think can be ignored. Another reason why these swords are so rare, and never show up in photos of swords surrendered in the Pacific.
  7. Thought I would pull together Mantetsu/Koa Isshin swords from 1938 to 1945 inclusive (in date order) , I have the years in-between, but this is to show the variety of Mei. Bruce has the Mune stamps already. The purpose of doing this is to discover what other Mei may exist out there. The 1938 has a Manchurian Railway stamp, right through to the 1945, that only has a Mune stamp.
  8. A (Kurihara) Akihide. Much is written about Akihide, his politics, membership of Black Dragon Society, member of the Diet (parliament), and more importantly to sword students, established the Nihonto Tanren Denshusho in Tokyo. He had more than 50 students that went through his school. He is highly rated in his own right, a a superior sword smith, as are many of his students. This is a sword signed, and dated October 1943. Made in the Bizen tradition with Shinshinto characteristics. Silver mon with golden highlights, canvas saya cover, a fitting package for a nice blade.
  9. By the way, thanks mecox and David Flynn for helping with information on the sword smith.
  10. A sword signed, IZUMO KUNI JU TADAYOSHI SAKU, no date no stamps. There were father and son Shodai/Nidai making blades for the war effort. This is Shodai Kawashima (sometimes the name Kawajima is used) Tadayoshi, who worked in Izumo, now called Shimane Prefecture. The polisher took great steps to show off the Choji Gunome Midare Hamon.
  11. I think what Paul is asking is can you import a sword with a turtle shell grip, that was made years ago. If you are not specific on the shipping documents about the components, it is ok. Just don't mention turtle, shark or ray skin, all items that lead to destruction of the item at Customs. Most endangered species components are illegal imports.
  12. For what its worth, being a self taught polisher, is akin to being a self taught lover, they are both playing with themselves.
  13. I don't want to hijack my own thread, but here is another Manchurian RS sword from my stash. Note the "RAIL" stamp, it doesn't look like it could be converted into a "P", as Bruce suggests, but nothing is imposible. Also interesting is that the mune numbers in Japanese characters 2430, are stamped on the fittings in Arabic numerials. Has anyone come across this before?
  14. Bruce, I was hoping you or some other expert could do it. Have you seen that "P" stamp before?
  15. Debate rages on whether or not Mantetsu swords are true nihonto, in spite of them receiving papers recently. Here is a Winter 1938 example, with the rare South Manchurian Railway stamp, and mune stamp, N156. This very early production specimen exhibits hada, hamon, and habuchi, all evidence of nihonto. It is mounted in Manchurian RS mounts (made in Manchuria, for the severe weather conditions), that some may say are late war, but I would disagree that they are late war, as I have collected many examples that span many years. So unless any critics of this hypothesis have a cupboard full, or studied them at length, I am sticking to my theory. F&G, and later repeated by Dawson, hypothesized that they were late war Japanese home defense swords, based on very few examples they had seen, and extrapolating then that they were a roughly made RS model. Not so, they are a model in their own right, made in Manchuria for Manchuria. Also note interesting markings on fittings.
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