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  1. Thank you, that answers a lot of my questions about the tsuka
  2. I don't know anything about fittings. I'm wondering if someone can give me any idea about the quality, make, era, of the fittings on this tsuka. The tsuka belongs to a shin-tou wakizashi I have that is in pretty bad shape. Thanks in advance.
  3. Thanks for the help, that answers most of my questions
  4. This is exactly what I thought. Seems like a few corners were cut. I thought it should have at least an extra spacer or two, but the handle fits perfectly, and none of the parts are loose. The parts don't look modern, at least not to me.
  5. Habaki. This part almost looks like it's new to me, but I'm not sure.
  6. Very possible, but everything seems to fit right, and most of the hardware looks antique in person. The tsuba seems to have lost almost all of it's original finish.
  7. This is NOT my photo, this is a picture taken by the person who sold it to me. I am away from the sword at the moment. I will post better pics tomorrow at some point. It is hard to see, but the scabbard is covered with samegawa.
  8. The spot almost reminds me of the stamp on the tang of the Kai Gunto in this thread:
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