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  1. We are not talking about the same thing, 1942 versus 1943. I have no information on the subject of 1943 kabutogane markings. Maybe Bruce knows more about it but I do not recall him gathering that type of information.
  2. Yours has the army contract markings of Mantetsu Tanzo Kore and not the commercial marking of 興亜一心. Only the army contract swords dated 1942 have the combination of 興亜一心, M, and 東. https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/26165-attention-mantetsu-owners-a-survey/?do=findComment&comment=321678
  3. The combination only shows up on some 1942 Mantetsu blades. I have posted in the past about this. https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/26165-attention-mantetsu-owners-a-survey/?do=findComment&comment=311598
  4. Nothing wrong with the lack of markings on the nakago. The blade is coming from a Seki made Type 95 Military Sword, serial number 関213182. The handle should be made of wood and the handle fittings of iron as Bruce indicated in post #20. If possible, can you post a picture of the scabbard mouth opening (鯉口 koiguchi)? There could be some markings in that location.
  5. Army contract blade even though civilian marked. This is indicated by the M on the lower obverse side of the the nakago. Check the kabutogane for a possible 東 inspection mark. ク = KU = 28th series.
  6. Neil, AKA IJASwords, there is something wrong with your private mail. Edit: FYI, it is up and running fine now.
  7. The address is the same for both the advertisement and the Iida patent. So they are related. The company name in the advertisement is Iida Shop Unlimited Partnership 合名会社・飯田商店. The translation of the latch can be found at the thread below. "Iida Kunitaro Gunto Koshirae - Help" https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/18110-iida-kunitaro-gunto-koshirae-help/ I am sure SteveM and BangBangSan will be along shortly to fill in some more gaps.
  8. A Sadaroku kokuin can be found at the link below along with a translation by Morita san. "What Exactly Is A Kokuin On A Gunto?" https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/21000-what-exactly-is-a-kokuin-on-a-gunto/
  9. The company name from the advertisement is below. 若瀬軍刀製作所 = Wakase Guntō Seisaku-jo = Wakase Military Sword Workshop. The thread below as previously indicated has several pictures of the patented Wakase scabbard drag. "Show Us Your High Class Gunto" https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/18610-show-us-your-high-class-gunto/
  10. Sladen, Douglas. The Japs at Home. 5th edition. London: Ward, Lock & Bowden, Limited, 1895. Page 255. "Miniature Japanese Army Parade Sword" https://www.warrelics.eu/forum/Japanese-militaria/miniature-Japanese-army-parade-sword-300106/
  11. Looks like a 36th series, army contract blade. If you acquire it, double-check the date side and see if it has an M inspection mark. The M can be found toward the top or bottom of the nakago and sometimes both locations will have one.
  12. Sorry, according to Nick the logo was used by Matsuya, a department store, and not a sword maker. "Matsuyama Factory Banners - Need Help Translating!" https://www.warrelics.eu/forum/Japanese-militaria/matsuyama-factory-banners-need-help-translating-749404/#post2098918
  13. Just to make sure everyone is aware of this recent revelation by Nick, Type 100 Officer's Swords were inspected from the beginning in 1940. This is the reason we are seeing inspection marks on this sword so early and not on Type 98s. It may be necessary to separate Type 98 and Type 100 markings for this reason. "Legally rebutting the existence of a Type 3 Army Officer's Sword" https://www.warrelics.eu/forum/f216/legally-rebutting-existence-type-3-army-officers-sword-708745-post2095801/#post2095801
  14. Looks like a Gifu stamp to me. "Kiyotsugu Reference / Info" http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/18858-kiyotsugu-reference-info/
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