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  1. Just have the tsuka re-wrapped with the appropriate Navy menuki replacing the inappropriate Army menuki. Problem solved!
  2. Brian, your perspective is spot on! This is something that newbie collectors should learn as soon as possible. Thank you!
  3. I seem to recall this topic being addressed on the board, but were there not cases of army and navy officers carrying waks? I'm not simply referring the cases (or the myth) of pilots or tankers carrying a shorter gunto. I realize that carrying a wak was not common, but it did occur, among the ranks of army and navy officers, did it not?
  4. Hey Stephen, getting back to the Japanese figures with the Guntos in the first photo, the first figure (on the Left) is holding a sword with a thick, beefy blade compared to the others - do you think it could pass for a Mantetsu? Lol
  5. Thanks for the comments guys! Trystan, that's good information and those photos are excellent. And, Chris, yes, those figures are not the best, but I had to make due with what I had. The one you mentioned, does look strange - getting hit by gunfire and, presumably, has dropped his rifle. The helmet, rising up, looks a bit like a German paratrooper helmet. Anyway, I included the scene for fun. My focus was on the Japanese officer figures with the swords.
  6. Gunto-carrying Imperial Japanese Army officers have been represented in toy soldier and military modeling markets for decades. In the photo here I have pulled 4 examples from my 1/32 scale collection for comparison. From left to right are figures from the following manufacturers: Mars, Airfix, BMC, and TSSD. I think it's a toss up between the Mars and Airfix figures for the most accurate regarding Gunto. Both figures have good level of detail. I lean more toward the Airfix figure as having the best representation of a Gunto - for one thing, the sori (curvature) of the blade looks decent. Of course, I can't see hamon in any of the figures' Gunto. Lol The BMC figure lacks detail, but appears to be holding a sheathed sword. The TSSD figure appears to be holding a machete, not a Gunto - perhaps that's the manufacturer's attempt at a Gunto? But a machete-wielding Japanese soldier would not be out of consideration since there are many documented cases of Japanese soldiers using a variety of edged weapons in combat, including bamboo spears and pitchforks (there is a documented report of a U.S. marine on Saipan being killed by pitchfork during the infamous Banzai charge of July 7, 1944). However, if this figure is supposed to be of a Japanese soldier, then it should have a Gunto, not a machete. What figure do you think has the most accurately represented Gunto? P.S. In addition to the Japanese figure comparison photo, I have included a few photos of a quick-made 1/32 scale vignette depicting IJA infantry in action against KMT (Nationalist Chinese) forces during the Battle for Nanking in 1937 - the BMC Japanese officer figure is included here. Note: there is a lack of 1/32 scale Chinese soldier figures (for the period - 1930's-1940's) on the market, so I used selected German Infantry figures as a substitute (only ones with Mauser 98K rifles and stick grenades, as KMT soldiers would have had). The Germans sold China arms and uniforms to supply their army during the 1930's, so, at least superficially (the helmets, uniforms, rifles, etc.), many KMT troops looked somewhat like German troops of the time (have you seen the movie "The Eight Hundred"?). And, yes, that's a German Panzer II in the background (in 1/35 scale - smaller than I'd like, but passable) as China bought 20 of these from Germany in 1937 and 15 of them participated in the Battle of Nanking in November 1937.
  7. Yes, John. I was so focused on the immediate red flags that I forgot to take note of the saya's double haikan which would be indicative of a Type 94. At any rate, this thing is a big nothing burger!
  8. The immediate red flags for me were the Tsuka wrap, the blade's shape, and the Habaki. Upon closer inspection, I noticed more flaws as Will and Chris have noted. The seller needs to get educated and adjust his price accordingly - or salvage the authentic parts and sell those individually.
  9. Just saw this listed on eBay - here's the link: https://www.ebay.com/itm/125183574489?hash=item1d2585c1d9:g:iUcAAOSwO9xiI07z This doesn't look right and the seller is asking $2000.00. I immediately recognized several red flags. What do you guys think? What do you see wrong here?
  10. And May 1st 1945 was the beginning of Operation Oboe where the Australians landed at Tarakan and began the Borneo campaign - the last major operation of the war in the Southwest Pacific. One of the photos of the campaign that I saw today featured an Australian Infantry officer showing off a Kai Gunto battle souvenir to a group of his men.
  11. This is the highest rank (General) original Gunto tassel that I could find online. Outside my budget, currently. https://griffinmilitaria.com/product/wwii-Japanese-army-generals-sword-knot/
  12. Now you can set your sights on this one - albeit, for the price of a nice gunto! https://griffinmilitaria.com/product/wwii-Japanese-army-generals-sword-knot/
  13. Thanks Dan - excellent description.
  14. Are both swords Mumei? I didn't see a photo of the RS's nakago, and the 98's nakago has plenty of file marks, but I didn't see any kanji or stamps. Both swords look to be in decent condition - I didn't see any serious chips or broken tips (some scratches, probably from cutting, but that's quite common). They both look like good examples of showato. The fact that the RS has lacquered ito on the the tsuka is also a plus. The price is $1350.00 for the RS. What is the price for the Type 98?
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