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  1. Thanks everyone for your help and comments! Just to drill down a bit (pun intended) if the sword is generally put together, does this mean that the blade is likely original? I am very curious if the tang was welded on later or if it may be authentic and the filing marks may be from someone putting the new fittings on the sword.
  2. Please see attached! I will also be sending a couple more in a minute
  3. No threads and no slot in the head! The pin was aluminum and matched the handle casting perfectly, save for the fact that the end had been hammered repeatedly until it couldn’t be removed. The handle also has a couple of wooden pieces on the inside where it would make contact with the tang. Also, if the blade is factory made but the tang is newer, can anyone give me an idea if the tang was original when it (the tang) was likely made? I am not sure what would lead someone to weld an old tang to a new blade besides passing it off as an older blade. lastly, and I am very unsure about this part, but under the right light it looks like the top of the tang (where there are a lot of bright file marks) there is a small amount of very reflective metal that looks like gold. Part of the fittings have evidence of gilding according to the Jeweler I took it to, and one piece still has a relatively thick gold plating or gilding on it as well.
  4. Here are pics of the pin after it was drilled out
  5. Got it, so it you think it was likely put together after WWII out of parts from other blades? I assume that this makes it an interested piece but not one that would be worth a full restoration and polishing which i believe would run about 3K or more?
  6. Hmmm ok that is not great right? Does the above indicate that it is probably a reproduction or is it possible the welding was due to use or a break and repair situation? I have heard about fake signatures but I didn’t realize people would replace an entire tang!
  7. Hi Bruce here are some photos of the different holes. I haven’t cleaned or modified anything except for having it drilled by the Jeweler and removing the handle. The middle one has some marks where the jeweler made contact while drilling out the pit, but the other two seem to have a fairly large amount of rust/buildup at least from my viewpoint I was also curious about the pitting! I don’t know if it may be from the wood or leather in the scabbard?
  8. Hi All, additional pics, including some from the auction before drilling, attached. I should also mention that the reason I had to have it drilled was because the metal pin had been hammered and deformed to the point that it could not be removed. There was almost no motion whatsoever in the pin or handle (at least that I noticed). luckily I didn’t pay a crazy amount, but I was still hopeful that the sword was genuine so it would be a real bummer if it was a reproduction.
  9. Very interesting. So is it fairly safe to assume that the blade is genuine? I really have no idea of the age or if it was potentially a reproduction. Also, I remember reading that the cast aluminum handles (like this one) were produced towards the end of the war, and sometimes were not particularly well done due to a time/resource crunch. Could that be the reason?
  10. The mountings were fairly tight, though there was only one pin (the middle hole) securing them. You can see from the photos that there are three holes, which led me to believe it had been mounted a few different times. I read on another site that there was a program during WWII for families to donate blades if they didn’t have sons, so maybe it is one of those?
  11. Thanks Ray! Does that tell you anything about the potential age of the blade? Also, are those separate names, or should they be read as a single name? Apologies if these are obvious questions haha
  12. Hello All! I recently purchased a Japanese sword at auction. After having a jeweler drill out the pin that had been hammered in, I was able to remove the handle (which I think matches Shin-Gunto fittings but I am not sure) and revel that it is signed on both sides of the tang. Unfortunately I don’t have much experience reading the characters so I was wondering if anyone recognized them? I have attached lots of photos but if anyone needs more please let me know. I would love to find out more about the blade and if anyone can tell me if it would be worthwhile to clean/restore the blade it would be much appreciated. also, to be clear I do not intend to use any information provided for selling the below item, I only want to understand more about what I have and the best way to handle it.
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