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  1. Hi Bruce, not sure if you already have this one, but just stumbled upon another Mantetsu that seems to have the “w” stamp. https://www.artswords.com/a_minty_gunto_mounted_mantetsu_sword_091812.htm even though it’s already sold, the pictures are clear and good for the records. Denis
  2. Spot on Hamfish, and you’re correct for the French. Some google attempts and you’ll find the French infantry sabre model 1855 which looks exactly the same as the pics.
  3. Hello Kenny, interesting find. My first thought went to a police parade sabre. But two things don’t match. The two suspension rings and the fact that there is no metal ornate on the back and side of the handle... which is very specific. in the Fuller and Gregory book I found a drawing of such a sword like yours with these two specific characteristics and it states: “regulation c. 1873 pattern marines and marine artillery offecers and NCO’s sword” a picture of the back of the pommel would be interesting. Sometimes this is the place where specific indications are. Denis
  4. I’ve always wondered if there are sarute who can go all the way round the kabuto gane? All mine are stuck on one side and can’t be flipped to the other side. Here the sarute looks very big. The tsuba and koshirae in general on this sword are not even well copied. As far as the habaki is concerned, i also always believed they never came with a number on it. But this is the beauty of the board, you learn every day :-)
  5. Never tried it myself, but I always heard that when you put a type 95 sword back together after taken the tsuba and tsuka of, you can’t put it firmly back together again. They tend to jiggle a bit afterwards. For me that has always been a reason not to mess with them, but do correct me if I’m wrong. Denis
  6. Nice. Looking forward to that, John.
  7. Trystan, I totaly agree. A good sword always looks better with a tassel. Unfortunately, tassels are so expensive. Also, fake swords are not always easy to spot, but a tassel is even harder. is there a way to distinguish a real from a fake one? Or does it just comes down to trusting your dealer? Denis
  8. Great looking collection Trystan. just a general question to you guys; do you always buy your swords with tassel, or do you add it later on? I see a lot of swords with tassels on the board, but personally , I only have one in my collection which I bought with the swords... otherwise, lots of tassel-less swords out there. Well, at least in Belgium anyway... Denis
  9. Looks perfect Neil. So glad you included Emura! so interesting to see your list, because in my humble starter collection, half are mentioned. So you must be right on availability and price Denis
  10. Thank you all for the info. Some real nice examples here. Good to hear the basic emura signature has been spotted before and might even be his. I’ve been tying to make a more clear pic of the hamon, but unfortunately , based on the state of the blade, i haven’t been able to produce better pics. The hamon looks suguha, but hard to tell. Since those blades aren’t dated, is there a way to tell when they were forged and wether they were produced in jail?
  11. So I own a blade by Emura. Upon looking him up on the board, I noticed he has generally some reserved or even negative comments regarding his work. Me, I love my blade. It’s slightly bigger than the other blades I own, but stil elegant in design. The story of the man is also fascinating; a prison warden who makes blades with the help of his inmates... that’s proper patriotism. Handcrafting a national symbol to serve the greater good. What I notice about my blade, is that it has a certain robustness and sense of power over it. It was forged with a single purpose: a tool for war. It was not made for interior decorating, but for carrying on the battlefield. It was not made to be admired by fine critics, but to stab, cut and slash... well, maybe I’m getting a bit carried away here. Nevertheless, it’s not an award winning masterpiece but it deserves respect for what it stands for. So I imagine this topic isn’t for everyone, but for those who own an Emura blade and/or share the same admiration for it, maybe you can help me out. Apart from the Richard Stein site, i haven’t found that much info on Emura but have some questions nevertheless: 1. Does anyone have more info on the man (apart from what is to be found on Richard Stein’s page) or maybe even pictures? 2. My blade is signed with just “emura”. Nothing else to be found on the tang apart from a painted number on the other side. This signature does not appear on Richard Stein’s page. Can it be authenticated? Does any of you have the same, or others that are not on Richard Stein’s page? 3. Apparently he forged blade himself as well as his inmates. Sometimes he made them all by himself, sometimes he just quenched them. Does anyone know if there is a way to know which one is what ? Is it possible to tell them apart? thanks a lot for all info that can be shared on this fascinating topic. I also included some pictures of my blade and the mei. Denis
  12. Indeed sad, but at least, these are clearly fake. No doubt about it, and even for less experienced people this could be rather obvious. It’s always terrible when they really put in the effort to mislead people. Denis
  13. Real nice French cavalry armor, Paul. I also believe Napoleonic stuff has always been real nice collection material. Should you ever be in Belgium, the 1815 Waterloo museum is great!
  14. Yep. That’s correct Bruce. Also, thanks for pointing out about the’w’ stamp. I’ve been looking at my blades for such a long time now, and never noticed that one was upside down... terrible and fascinating at the same time :-)
  15. Hi Bruce, Basically it’s the other way around, The blade with the 168 goes with the 337 and has the closed tsuba. The one with serial number 567 has the 20 seppa numbers and a nicer open tsuba. Is this strange in a way? Here’s also a pic from the other side. Denis
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