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  1. I see a lot of NCO swords popping up on Facebook militaria forums and folks tell the owner to examine tang for signatures .... !! Goodness . (Nice copper BTW!)
  2. Cal - I have reached out to Michael Bortner in the past regarding flag info (translations, authentications, etc) and he is most personable and helpful. He has his own website if you google his name. Photo of his book cover attached - Regards, Dan
  3. Yes - I am following the warrelics chat (Bruce mentions) on the Type 32/Type 95 and it has me breaking out the digital calipers later tonight 😁 ... fascinating topic. I just hope Monkey doesn't see that thread and throw one of his handles on a type 32 and create another "prototype" (sorry to be negative, but that thought crossed my mind!) Dan
  4. Ok Folks - Just to be clear - I am not buying this sword, so I don't have to buy the story! but I am helping out a friend and I have reach the limit of my abilities so I came to team of collective experts! Here is the background: I have a friend who is a collector/picker in the region where I live. He collects mostly military firearms, but stumbled across a person who sold him this shin gunto, stating he bought it from a vet who fought on Iwo Jima and recovered it from a cave. My friend asked me if I could tell him more about this sword, and I said we need to look at the nakago. Upfront - the word is not in the best of shape. The blade has not been properly cared for, nor stored correctly. The saya is in rough shape is missing much of its leather cover. When we examine the nakago, it was heavily coated with some bad rust and dirt. I carefully wiped down the nakago a few times with an oiled rag, just to remove particles and dirt. I can make out two characters to comprise of the signature, but I don't recognize the signature so I am starting here in the military side of the forum to see if we can solve it here (who the smith is). I looked over the nakago carefully we a magnifier and I see no evidence of any stamps. The other side has no markings, it is just the two characters. I assume this is a showa era sword, but appreciate any and all insights that I can provide to my friend on this blade. I apologize if it is hard to read the characters - best I could do given the condition of the blade. Thank you! Dan
  5. Yes - it seems like a nice copy for a "filler display" or reenactment. I'd be tempted to pay 30 dollars for it to use in that way! (I am sure it's being offered for a measurably higher price). With all the detail into the paint, etc.... I'm slightly curious why they felt compelled to put a serial number on saya drag - Dan
  6. Oh... also notice he doesn't ship to Russia or China because they have ripped him off ...
  7. Steve baited us ... He needed to put "Monkey" on his initial thread posting and I would have ignored reading it
  8. Good point Steve - done! I am off to sleep. Chat soon folks. Dan
  9. Another offered black saya for reference https://www.ebay.com...8?ul_noapp=true
  10. Oh man .... that one is hard for me to look at Trystan. Painting that handle is a travesty ... hard to restore
  11. From my man Showa ... Here is the link if you haven't already discovered: https://www.ebay.com/itm/233565899798?ul_noapp=true Steve has commented on these many times over in past postings. I believe I can see traces of green paint underneath. As I recall, there is clear documentation for painting the Type 32 swords because of the fact they were bare metal, but nothing for the 95. Stay safe - Dan
  12. Based on Steve's last post, I can only imagine (sarcastically) some guy in a remote shop, somewhere in China saying, " with everyone working from home, I have time on my hands ... I gotta get these stamps looking better!" ... can definitely see steady improvement in the copies, especially if one looks at all the historical posts and just looks at the trend of improvement.
  13. Hey Bruce - Sure thing - see attached photo. Previous owner put chalk or something in stamps. I'm not a fan of that, but leaving it alone for now.
  14. LATEST PICK-UP, and I figured I would just add it to this excellent thread! I see (saw) no issue with this Nagoya Ver3 (pattern 4) side latch that was on Ebay earlier this month and was pleasantly surprised to be winning bidder for this sword (unless NCO sword prices are now hitting a wall and are really dropping)! Stamps are fairly visible on this Seki. That said - I think I got a decent deal. Only big issue is a dent in the saya (visible in the photo) but it has no impact on sheathing of the sword and the blade is in pretty good shape! Matching serial numbers of #131322. Paint isn't bad ...some light rust on saya. I hope everyone is staying safe and are able to "maintain" in these trying times! Cheers - Dan
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