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  1. Were darkened fittings more of a late-war phenomenon?
  2. Thanks for the info guys! And a very nice example Matthew.
  3. There is a Wakizashi in Type 98 mounts for sale on eBay currently ($5K USD, papered) and it got me thinking about how common this may have been during the war. I've seen plenty of Wakizashi in Type 97 (Kai Gunto) mounts, in fact I have one in my collection. Also, how common would it be for an officer to carry a Wakizashi in regulation military mounts vs a Wak in non-military mounts (from my understanding, Wakizashi in non-military mounts were allowed to be carried - these swords were not required to be in regulation mounts)?
  4. Was it likely re-painted gold post-war? If not, why would they chose the color gold for a re-paint (during the war, or post-war)? Would there have been a shortage of regulation standard paint? And why would there be a need for repainting? This topic raises many questions.
  5. Just saw this listed on the Bay. Appears to be one of those Post-War souvenir swords that has been discussed here on the NMB. What do you guys think about this sword?
  6. So, it seems this Type 98 is credited to Seki smith "Kunihiro" in 1943. And this would be considered Showato (non-traditional blade, oil-tempered) as is common with guntos, correct?
  7. Interesting what we prioritize at any given time in this hobby. I've prioritized accessory parts and accoutrements over the past several months. I felt that I had acquired a sufficient number of guntos this past year (21 Gunto in my collection currently) since my introduction to the hobby and I wanted a pause to focus on any needed repairs and parts/accessories acquisitions. So, I've spent some funds having some tsukas re-wrapped and some sayas restored or touched up (work performed by David McDonald or Randy Black), and I've purchased a number of original parts and accessories (including sarutes, sarute barrels, and tassels). I've made good progress. I still have a Type 98 that needs a tsuka re-wrap, and I may acquire one or two more tassels in the months ahead.
  8. Looks like that metal "mekugi" is permanently stuck and, alas, we may never see that nakago. Is there still hope?
  9. Not sure about the Jinsen Arsenal swords, but swords of this type in decent condition can go for $1200.00+ USD.
  10. But is that saya genuine? It's a beautiful leather-covered saya - that leather looks great! That saya may be worth more than the sword.
  11. Thanks Tony! I checked out his site - some good stuff at reasonable prices. I've done pretty well on needed parts and accessories at this point, and I now have a bit of a spare parts inventory. I'm always on the hunt for an extra Navy tassel - would like another one for one of my Kai Guntos. I recently purchased a Colonel's tassel to add to one of the favorites in my collection - a Type 98 with blade made by Masatsuna (circa 1690's).
  12. From being in this hobby less than a year, and having collected more than 20 Gunto, thus far, I've noticed that many of the swords I've purchased have lacked sarutes, sarute barrels, and saya fittings such as the Ishizuke and Kuchigane (specifically Navy sayas). Also, most swords I've purchased, and see being sold, do not include tassels. Along with new swords to consider acquiring, I've found myself on the hunt for parts and accessories in recent months - made good progress and have improved the look of my swords that needed the goods. What have your experiences been with missing parts and accessories, and in acquiring these?
  13. Just saw this photo included with a Gunto sale listing on eBay. I guess the seller is trying to emphasize the dull blade on his Type 98. But what really scares me is the broken tip - broken tips can be a pain to have re-shaped. You need to find someone who has been trained to do the work properly, there is wait time involved, and then there's the cost of the work.
  14. The blade was cleaned. I think it's probably the lighting in the photo that made it look like a possible cosmoline stain on the blade. I'm going to take it out again in the days ahead and re-examine it. I'll clean and oil the blade again at that time.
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