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  1. Phil, I have run into these unmarked Type 97s before. Not too common, but they do surface from time to time. I have not recorded them as they have no markings.
  2. United States. War Department. Japanese Military Dictionary. TM 30-541. 29 August 1944. US$50. United States. Army Service Forces. Office of the Chief of Ordnance. Translation of Japanese Ordnance Markings. August 1945. US$20. United States. War Department. Japanese-English Technical Terms Dictionary. TM 30-482. November 1946. US$80. Ozaki, C. Japanese-English Dictionary of Sea Terms. University of California Press, 1945. Blue hardcover, 4 x 6.75 inches, 854 pages, text only. US$30.
  3. The stamp shows up on two 1945 dated swords coming from Fukuoka Prefecture; however, it probably represents the city and not the prefecture. The placement of the stamp(s) would seem to indicate an inspection mark which follows the format used by Kokura Arsenal. If anyone has a 1945 dated, star stamped, blade from a Fukuoka Prefecture swordsmith, now is the time to step up to the plate. For a much clearer image of the 福 stamp, see the picture posted by our very own @vajo. Mune Stamp
  4. Cross-Reference help with Japanese sword signature
  5. Bruce, do you remember where you found this 1945 dated Chikugo-jū Nagamitsu 筑後住永光 with 福 nakago mune marking? @mecox
  6. You are correct. I picked the wrong Kanemoto! 兼元 = Kanemoto. 兼基 = Kanemoto.
  7. Here is a picture of another one, credited to Kanemoto. Looks like he added 模 to the mei. Kanemoto
  8. Johnson, Larry. Japanese Bayonets: The Definitive Work on Japanese Bayonets, 1870 to the Present. Cedar Ridge Publications, 1988. Dusk jacket, hardcover, autographed by author, 8.5 x 11 inches, 152 pages, B&W illustrations. I prefer this book over all the other bayonet books. US$250.
  9. Contact me via private message. Shipping is included in the price for the United States via media mail. Pictures available upon request. I can be paid by check, money order, or PayPal. Fuller, Richard, and Ron Gregory. Military Swords of Japan, 1868–1945. Arms and Armour, 1986. Dust jacket, hardcover, 7.25 x 9.75 inches, 128 pages, B&W illustrations. Weight 1 lb 4 oz, printed Great Britain. This is the first one that came out in 1986, see below for the later edition. US$99. Fuller, Richard, and Ron Gregory. Japanese Military and Civil Swords and Dirks. Howell Press, 1997. Dust jacket, hardcover, 7.5 x 9.75 inches, 288 pages, B&W illustrations with 8 page color insert. Weight 2 lb 6 oz, printed Hong Kong. US$275. Dawson, Jim. Swords of Imperial Japan, 1868–1945. Cyclopedia edition. Stenger-Scott Publishing, 2007. Hardcover, 8.5 x 11 inches, 448 pages, color illustrations. Weight 5 lb 3 oz., printed USA. US$180. Kapp, Leon & Hiroko, and Leo Monson. Modern Japanese Swords: The Beginning of the Gendaito Era. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Used, softcover, oshigata of 51 swords. Weight 1 lb 3 oz, printed United Kingdom. US$35. Ohmura Tomoyuki 大村・紀征. Shinsetsu〜tatakau Nihontō 真説〜戦う日本刀―“最高”と呼べる武器性能の探究 [True Theory, Japanese Fighting Sword]. BAB Japan, 2019. Brand new, dust jacket, softcover, 5.75 x 8.25 inches, 248 pages, B&W illustrations. Weight 0 lb 13 oz, printed China. US$35.
  10. Below are links to two threads about reproduction Type 95s. NMB: Fake Type 95 Nco Swords GBF: Another FAKE Type 95 NCO sword sold to an unsuspecting buyer
  11. Yes, KANE 兼 is a Seki thing. I am sure @mecox, AKA Mino man, knows who the rascal was that started it way back when.
  12. The first sword is a Type 95 (1935) used by the lower ranks while the second sword is a Type 94 (1934) Military Sword used by officers. Alas, both are reproductions that came from China.
  13. A Kanetoshi 兼利 via GregD. Arsenal Stamps. An Amachi Kanenaga 天池包永 via waljamada. Arsenal Stamps.
  14. Page 122 of F&Gs 1986 book entitled Military Swords of Japan, 1868–1945.
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