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  1. Don't know if I have put this up before, but it's nice enough to see again, An ICHIMONJI MINAMOTO AMAHIDE KORE KITAERU , no date no stamps, that some officer thought enough about to spend a few extra YEN putting in nice mounts. A tan painted saya, with blue Ito handle wrap, and blackened fittings. It is possible the sarute is gold plated.
  2. KATO JUMYO made some nice traditionally made Gendai swords. One of mine with the mei, KATO JUMYO, and probably a special order, with a poem by Rai San'Yo . Rough translation ... "Even when you are in the deepest swamp, you are obliged to your country". In '98 mounts. Nice hada and hamon.
  3. Rob, Francois found mine in another thread. SADAKATSU certainly made some nice stuff.
  4. Rob, I have a 1933, and that price is very close to the going rate today!
  5. Thought I would kick off a thread on Horimono on Gunto swords in WW2 mounts. These are all by Kanetoki/Kanemichi (the same sword smith). So I would love to see others, whether Gendai or old blades remounted for war.
  6. Tang photos are upside down. Can you invert them please, makes them easier to read, thanks.
  7. Could someone help with this part of a MEI, which is the name of the person for which the sword was made, thanks.
  8. So Bruce, following all the work you, Thomas, Trystan and Ohmura have done on Mantetsu, can we now assume the following .... !. Blades were manufactured by the Manchurian Railway Company, from their own puddled steel. 2. Some blades were finished at the Nanman factory in China. 3. The mune stamps were, for a better word, tracking numbers or production numbers, stamped in one or other factory in China. And the mei look all cut to a set style . 4. Finished blades were shipped to Japan for mounting, distribution and sale. This appears confirmed from orders and delivery information and documents. 5. There is NO evidence of any Mantetsu/Koa Isshin blades being made in Japan. 6. We know that during the war, blades were in short supply, and the Mantetsu/Koa Isshin solution was an "outsourcing" exercise. So the "light bulb" over the head moment for me was the realization that ALL the blades are made in China, and none in Japan! It would not surprise me either if puddled steel from the Manchurian Electric Furnace was sent to Japanese sword smiths as a substitute for the limited supply of traditional tamahagane. I have examples of Mantetsu swords with Chinese Manchurian Railway Company stamps, as well as Nanman and Dairen stamps from 1938-1944. So without being too controversial, there are actually blades that are papered MADE IN CHINA. All this being said, the Mantetsu blades were highly praised and sought after by the Japanese Officers. I would be interested in comments on the above.
  9. I understand this is the Kiri Mon, with the Paulowinia flower motif. This is on a '94 mounted Gunto. I have seen it used for the Japanese Government. My question is, what relevance does it have for a family or clan? Or is it a Government sword.
  10. So, going through old topics to find out more about the rare "Rail Stamp" on my 1944 MANTETSU TANZO KORE. The only example I found was one I purchased from Matt a few years back. At great cost, I found and added the correct Habaki and Chuso which were missing. The sword is now complete, and is a great example of the Manchurian RS sword, complete with a blade made in China. Whilst these swords may not win first place in a beauty contest, the blade and Koshirae are very rare, and for military sword enthusiasts, an important model, of which little is written, and much is speculated. The sword is as found, with some stains from war time use, but the Nakago is very clean and well cut. Bruce has all the numbers. So I thought I would post the sword with all its components complete.
  11. My Kyu with a grooved blade. A papered (Shodai) YOSHICHIKA.
  12. I still enjoy finding the small variations found on Shin Gunto. Often written about, not often seen, the "thin" sarute, on the left.
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