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  1. Thanks! Never been so relieved to have a scratch on my nihonto.
  2. The age old question, hagiri or scratches? What do you think? pics are of both sides of the blade.
  3. Very cool! Just goes to show never dismiss an item too quickly. I found the below eBay listing that has a tsuba that looks to be If the same style. https://www.ebay.com/itm/325190176831?hash=item4bb6d8503f:g:oa8AAOSw3yNigKKo
  4. Hi, the tsuba does not seem to fit the nakago well. The blade is too small. I am including some edge shots I took. Unfortunately some of the green patina returned after it dried.
  5. Post soap and hot water: Cheap cast or nanban worthy of further study?
  6. It does look like the last one pictured. I’ll try your method but I don’t know what I would be looking for. In the meantime. Please enjoy pictures of the menuki I forgot to include.
  7. Hi Geraint, I will see if I can get some more photos soon. The tsuba feels like cheap cast brass. The habaki seems nice though. Two piece with what looks to be a "moon and clouds" motif.
  8. Thanks Jean Can anyone confirm what the rolled up paper is for? Am I right in my assumption that it is just scrap paper used to fill out the empty spaces under the ito wrap?
  9. Thanks Jean Raden is the word I was looking for. Found many more examples now. I had a feeling this was a tourist/export piece. It came with a mumei wakizashi that looks shinshinto. Looks half decent if it wasn't for the rust...
  10. Thanks Brian. Looks like you are right. It is really nice looking. Its a shame the brass doesn't look great. Kind of detracts from the ablone shell lacquered saya. Seems like this style is somewhat rare. Not really finding any similar looking examples online.
  11. Bought this cheapo wakizashi online because I thought it looked interesting. I have seen this type of "broken pottery" design on a yari pole before but have no idea what it is called or how to research it further. The fuchi and throat of the saya are simple brass. Which seems impracticle because it dulls the blade when it is pulled out. The tsuba seems like it was cast and is also brass. It does have a nice two-piece habaki. I also found a piece of rolled up paper underneath the ito wrap. There are still more pieces I have not taken out. Can I assume it was just used as a spacer when it was being wrapped? Would like to get more info about it if anyone knows. Thank you
  12. Hi Stegel, Sorry but it did not come with a scabbard. What you see is all I have. It was just an impulse buy from an online auction. So I really don't have much info on its origin.
  13. Ah geez Bruce. As curious as I am, it is so well put together that I don’t trust myself to reassembled it to how it is now. I suspect it is some sort of European blade. I compared it to my type 32 Ko and it is a completely different blade construction. I think the defining characteristic of the blade is the ridge line. It seems to originate from the spine of the blade instead of straight through the center.
  14. Thanks George. These signatures are pretty consistent. When I bought this I was expecting a heavily osuriage mumei blade. Very surprised to find a signature. it’s a shame it’s in such rough shape. I can tell there is some nice hada beneath the rust.
  15. Well they did a good job. A real snug fit.
  16. What do you all think about this type 32? It’s shortened and without the fuller. No serial number either. Still has the arsenal stamps like a standard type 32. Anyone seen anything like this before? Thanks
  17. Thank you! Already found other examples of his work online to compare.
  18. Recently bought this online without seeing the nagako. To my surprise there was a signature on both sides. Would really appreciate a translation. Thanks
  19. I have one in kyu gunto mounts with mon I would consider selling or trading.
  20. I was ready to but in a hefty bid over the weekend until I read the description. Shame too because it looked decent.
  21. Just saw this one listed. Thought you guys would want to take a look. Scabbard is strange and the blade is in rough shape. What are your thoughts? https://hibid.com/lot/112355593/Japanese-ww2-samuri-sword-has-copper-handle/?q=&ref=lot-list
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