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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. My Kyu with a grooved blade. A papered (Shodai) YOSHICHIKA.
  4. I still enjoy finding the small variations found on Shin Gunto. Often written about, not often seen, the "thin" sarute, on the left.
  5. This sword has now been sold to a lucky Australian collector. Thanks everyone for your kind words.
  6. Chris, when I originally got this sword (paid more than I am selling it for!), I saw hada and a nice hamon, and without checking the nakago, assumed it was traditionally made Gendai. Because Kanemichi was an RJT smith, who made great swords. It may have been a good one that got a stamp some how, who knows, but it is what it is. When I saw the aluminium saya, and premium fittings, you assume a good blade is inside. And it does look much nicer in the hand than the photos. Any buyer won't be disappointed . A sensible offer close to my asking price may be considered, as it deserves a loving home.
  7. I offer for sale a well made WW2 sword in '98 mounts, that would impress the most fastidious collector. A (Kojima) KANEMICHI sword in the very scarce Aluminium Saya, with large nodule ray-skin Same under an undamaged wrap. Fittings are all there, matching and nice condition. Being aluminium, the Saya has a few rub marks from war time use, but is above the usual condition found on these. KANEMICHI was a 2 Million Yen swordsmith, and an Army approved and registered RJT smith. Even his SHOWATO swords are of a high-grade standard! And as such, this blade doesn't have a boring plain Suguha Hamon, it displays care and detail in its making. The signature and date on the very nice Nakago, are nicely cut. The blade has no rust, no pits, no chips, no stains. It is from my collection, and is making way for another sword. I can't keep everything, no matter how nice! At only AUD 2700, (thats about USD 2000) express shipped included anywhere. PM me to discuss.
  8. I should have added that the sword is secured by a snap tab, and uses the fairly rare pierced tsuba/seppa set.
  9. Normally used on old blades with a wood Saya, this full leather double hanger is typical.
  10. Every MRS sword I have owned or seen, all have a SARUTE for a tassel.
  11. This is a rough speckled paint example, similar to the paint found on the premium Army RS Shin Gunto. Came with the original securing lanyard as well.
  12. Had a few RS swords with Sarute. This one is original, still has traces of the "bronzing" finish used on many outfits.
  13. So, what is there not to like about a Kai Gunto? And what is there not to like if it has a MINATAGOWA JINJA blade? Here is a January, 1943, MASANAO. A colleague recently commented that war time blades normally have a badly cut nakago, this one proves that some are cut pretty nicely.
  14. Here is a (Kojima) KANEMICHI,1941, and Seki stamp. This is a high-grade Showato blade, which the original owner thought enough about to put it in an aluminum saya, with the rare extended drag. Thanks to Slough for the page from his book.
  15. Have I posted this one before? No idea, but with Australia's lockdown laws, I am looking for something to do. I picked this up ages ago from a collector that didn't like the polish, his loss is my gain I guess, I LOVE it! A Hokke Saburo NOBUFUSA, no date, in my view a very good smith. It also helps being in mint mounts as well. I acknowledge the page from Slough's wonderful book.
  16. This is as genuine as you get, the actual tassel photographed in Dawson's book page 159.
  17. Never discussed before, I have found these on late war NCO's, and had it confirmed by other collectors. All swords were equipped with a sarute or hole for a tassel. I don't know the exact date or model that the leather knot ceased, I am assuming after the pattern 4.
  18. Tassels can vary in color, and with exposure to light more so. You actually may have found a reasonably rare tassel. Whilst the one on the right is certainly NAVY, the one on the left looks for all money like a late war NCO tassel. If you look at the thread on tassel storage, and go to my post, there is a photo of tassels in zip lock bags, Look carefully and you will see a bag labelled "LATE WAR NCO". These tassels replaced the normal leather variety on earlier NCO swords. Very rare in any condition.
  19. An Iida lock, and a "South Manchurian Railway" sword
  20. Mark, like all things made of cloth and threads, they can deteriorate with light, humidity, handling and insects. I keep my tassels in sealed zip lock bags, in a storage box out of the light. And only put them on a sword for photographic purposes. Obviously they look great on a sword display, but their longevity would be compromised.
  21. Geoff, you made a very important point, once you start on the Gunto journey, your goals certainly evolve with time. After starting out with a couple of Gunto, I decided to learn more, and purchased the fantastic publication by DAWSON. My goal was then to collect every WW2 variation in Dawson's book, NCO, 94, 98, Late war RS , and KAI Gunto. As well as the tassels and sword belts and hangers. I achieved this, and along the way, found examples Dawson hadn't documented. To get to that goal, it took the space of a whole room, and it goes without saying, a bucket load of $$$$! A turning point was meeting a local collector that specialized in Gendai-to. It then became "all about the blade". This was further emphasized when I accompanied him to the DTI held in Japan. Whilst there I found a SADAKATSU with AYASUGI Hada made in 1933, polished with Tokubetsu Hozon papers. I was converted to collecting good Gendai smiths. So many collectors around the world have benefitted from my selling off a large part of what I had accumulated. So the journey was not wasted by any means. I learned a lot, have made and kept many friends, and importantly sold off swords at basically what I paid for them. So I hope the swords I disposed of, help a new generation of enthusiasts, that in itself is worthwhile. So at some time there comes a "life changing moment", like my SADAKATSU, that speaks to you and says, "this is the new direction I want to go".
  22. What metal is it made from? Looks gold or brassy from the photo.
  23. I think some of these are listed in Mal Cox's downloads.
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