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  1. 興亞 = 興亜 = kōa = development of Asia. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/興亜
  2. Hi Dan, the hilt markings consist of a kanji character followed by some numbers. Will need a closeup of the kanji character so as to identify it. 一七六 = 176.
  3. I have circled the Seki 関 stamp on the picture below. Only the left side of the stamp is still visible as this side of the nakago was sanitized for reasons unknown. To see the stamp clearly, one needs to download the picture and then zoom in on the location. FYI, I did not notice it until Brian & Bruce mentioned it. This got me curious as to where it was at.
  4. Looks like someone took a wire brush to the habaki or maybe were trying to pry the habaki off? Are there any markings on the nakago mune [the spine of the tang]? 兼定 = Kanesada. 昭和十八年十二月 = 1943 December.
  5. Cross-reference to another Kawamura Tadatsuna 河村忠綱. Japanese Officer sword - Nakago help (2 of 2)
  6. Tony, your sword is the last one made in 1943 so far. 44th Series ヒ五九一  昭和癸未春 1943 Spring. 44th Series ヒ六二四  昭和癸未春 1943 Spring <-- Your sword. 44th Series ヒ一一五五 昭和甲申春 1944 Spring.
  7. The sword is Chinese and @BANGBANGSAN is the person to ask. With that said, I think the flags represent the Beiyang Government 北洋政府 and army 北洋军. And if I am wrong, Trystan will be more than glad to correct me!
  8. This is the new entry point for collectors and also allows for the crossover of collectors of Japanese militaria. In might come as a surprise, but almost all Japanese militaria collectors own a few military swords. The future of sword collecting organizations is bringing together the religious order (Nihontō or swords as pieces of art); the warrior class such as martial artists, law enforcement, or military (the sword as a weapon), and working class (blue collar guntō & militaria collecting and the endless debates over what original paint was used on scabbards!). With this combination, sword organizations will survive. Oddly enough, this very forum does not have a subforum for the warrior class; yet, there are many with a martial arts background and would probably love to talk about it. What is to become of them? Apologies to Peter for the sidestep.
  9. 昭和辛巳春 = 1941 Spring. 興亜一心 満鐵作之 = Kōa Isshin South Manchuria Railway Company (SMR) made this. ソ 二三一 = So-231 [serial number]. Paul, can you post an overall picture of the sword with the scabbard placed below the blade? The purpose is just to see the style of fittings used. And finally, there is a little article written by@Bruce Penningtonabout these swords that you can read in the "Downloads" section. Mantetsu - South Manchurian Railway
  10. Zach, I forgot to mention the following link about Type 95s. IJA Type 95 NCO Sword Info As for your concerns about the color of the scabbard, I would recommend reading the thread below. The thread introduces several colors besides the dreaded black. Type 95 Black Saya
  11. Hi Zach, that is a nice looking Type 95 Military Sword made by Suya. @Shamsy & @Stegel will need to look at the scabbard color though. How would you describe the scabbard color when using the "Mark 1" eyeball?
  12. The prefix rifle 小銃 used by Kanemasa 兼正 is most likely the location where the blade was made. In this case, the Rifle Factory of Tōkyō Artillery Arsenal 東京砲兵工廠小銃製造所. The first two blades are actually marked with the full name.
  13. This is an update of Post #27 of 2020-11-27.
  14. Katana: Shoju Kanemasa (Kogarasumaru shape) 小銃兼正 = Shōjū Kanemasa = Rifle Kanemasa. 明治二十四年六月 = June 1891. Courtesy of @MarcoUdin.
  15. Hard to tell exactly what these markings are. Some look like katakana characters such as タ and ヘ.
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