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  1. Speaking of Australia...several of my uncles (and fellow collectors also) fought the Japanese in New Guinea, Borneo etc. When the surrender came large numbers of swords were surrendered (laid out on the ground )at "important" surrenders. These were often awarded to senior/middle/junior officers afterwards, then (I presume) allowed to be gathered into a heap for gifting to less important personnel such as NCOs and ORs to have a pick. Anything left over was (I am told by an ex-landing craft gunner mate of mine), taken out to sea from Bougainville Island (Solomons) and dumped . One of my uncles was at a "lesser" surrender (only a few hundred Japanese) came. At these there were usually more of us than them and so, usually not enough swords to give one to everyone...after the officers etc had taken their pick, the ORs were allowed to "draw straws' to 'win' a sword (maybe 5 swords for 20 men?). I know my uncle told me for years that he had had to chase that Japanese soldier 20 miles through the jungle before he could get his sword - he only told me about the "straws" years later (why are soldiers such "fibbers"?). His sword was in Type 98 mounts/leather scabbard cover....handmade gendaito, but not signed....good sword. My cousins still cherish it. Hope this helps?
  2. Hi Bruce, These are signed to/by different smiths (Yoshi kanji are different and Chika and Suke of course are also different). I think probably made in/by same workshop/sword company. Tang shape and file marks seem the same. Regards,
  3. Looks nice Stephen...pretty sure Bruce (maybe he has already checked this?) will be interested in your tang stamp/number "ho"84.
  4. Just to add...Bizen (front), Bitchu (middle), Bingo (back) are laid out running down the coast away from Osaka and similarly Echizen, Etchu, Echigo run north up the (north) coast away from Edo (Tokyo). Just a logical layout of provinces. There are other examples, sometimes without a middle province.
  5. Yes, congrats Stephen...gotta love the RJT swords.
  6. Nice to see those photos &examples Stegel and Volker. looks like they were there, just very few survived past the war's end. I have never seen on "still in place". Thanks.
  7. Hi david, The guys have answered this question on seppa on your ISHIHARA YOSHISADA SAKU showato (I'm surprised it has no "sho" or "seki" stamp on the tang)...let me just add that 4 o 6 seppa is the most commonly found, but 2 of them are always the "4 lobe" large seppa...they are missing on yours, so yours happens to be an 8 seppa set. You should search on-line, you'll find some. regards,
  8. David, Just looking as the photo of you tsuba (guard) and seppa I can say: You have 6 seppa...there should be 8 here. The two larger "4 lobe" seppas that match that design on the tsuba are missing. Get 2 of these 4 lobe seppa and I think you will probably find the assembly will become tight on the tang. Regards,
  9. I have 5 Rinji mounted swords ranging in quality from the steel scabbard type through high quality lacquer mounts up to one-off private mounting....NONE had/have a tassel. All those (maybe 12) I have seen in hand also had no tassels. Maybe we can have some feedback from members on this...did your Rinji (or should I say 'Alternative') swords have a tassel when you found them, or did you put them on? I'm not saying that they never had tassels, but just that I have never seen an original still in place. Regards,
  10. Saw one of these years ago (when Stephen was still a naughty little boy), can't really be certain, but at the time "we" thought it was just a battlefield damaged tsuba that had its damaged rim taken off and just carried on being used "as-is". I agree with Tom and Stephen, just a "customised" rim....probably as a field repair that was never replaced later on with a "new" tsuba by its owner. Interesting....I'd keep it as is... Regards,
  11. I'm another zip bag storage guy....only difference is that my tassel bags have a numbered tag that links to the numbered tag on sword. I keep the tassels in a drawer out of the light/heat etc.
  12. A bit unusual? to have horimono (carving) on the blade up near the kissaki (tip) . Can't say I've seen this before. What do members know about this? Just asking...
  13. Hi Peter, This smith you list is not a showa stamped Seki/Gifu WWII smith as Bruce quoted. He is a late shinshinto-early gendai smith 1837-1903. He is listed in Slough as you say (p.62) but not as a Showa/Seki smith - he is given as a smith of the Kaei-Meiji eras. Regards,
  14. No Steven, That is not a waste of time...but I can say that the Kanesada of the "Last of the Kanesada" article/booklet is about Aizu Izumi no Kami Kanesada 1837-1903 of Fukushima Prefecture. I think (guess) all the above J,K,U's on Bruces list are likely Seki/Gifu...don't know about the Y's. Regards,
  15. HI Mal, Well I opened your articles today and YES, I have read them...I must be getting old...forgot. All the info Geoff requested/suggested is there...great work Mal. Back in the day I had navy swords by Suetsugu Shigemitsu and others...wish I'd kept them...sigh! Regards,
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