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  1. Hi , i just got this sword from a friend just needed help if you could let me knw is it real or fake . the hilt is missing . And it is rusty .
  2. Please help me identify my sword that I believe is a Gunto that my Father brought home at the end of WWII from the Phillipines.
  3. I'd like to present this Type 98 Near Mint Gunto Koshirae for sale. I am asking 1800 CAD SHIPPED which is less than what I paid for it, however, I am flexible on price. All parts are matching #10, and it includes an imitation general tassel. This item is near mint with a few paint marks on the lower end of the Saya. The Saya length is about 74.5cm , and the Tsuka measures about 24.5cm, total length is 101.8cm. The silver Mon belongs to the Mori Family. All productive comments and offers are welcome.
  4. I have finally decided to part with my light weight/ dress shingunto as seen in Dawson's book Pg. 158. These are very rare and don't come up too often. This one is missing one suspension ring, a small screw on the throat of the scabbard, and the ito wrap is fraying. Other than that it is in good condition and has a kamon on the back of the tsuka. Included is a leather fowl weather tsuka cover I bought separately for this sword. The cover has a rip in the leather. Dimensions: 39.5 inches in scabbard 38.5 inches out of scabbard 31.5 inches blade length 7.0 inches Tsuba+Tsuka length 0.9 inches blade width I am asking $1700 plus shipping and paypal fees or best reasonable offer. I plan on putting it on ebay soon if I get no traction here. If sold here, I will make a small donation to the NMB account. Item is located in LA county California. Any questions welcomed. Thanks -Jonathan
  5. Hello all, looking for Generals Grade shin gunto, ideally with Tassel. Background and provenance even better. Best regards John
  6. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Has 10 stamped on habaki.
  7. For sale a type 98 in very good condition. Signed and dated Masayuki (Miwa), Nov. 1943. Priced at 950$ shipped CONUS, for outside the U.S. I'll pay half depending on where it's going. A very nice example of a signed and dated type 98. Machine assisted blade, proper with only two small black marks which don't ruin the appearance of the blade. No nicks and no chips with a straight line hamon. I also included a picture of a small dent on the saya which does not impede the blade from being sheathed. Tsuka is in excellent condition with some nice larger nodules on the lower portion. Overall a very nice piece that has two seppas per side and a chuso, that all lock up very nice and tight with no play when moved. For additional info or additional photos please PM.
  8. I hope someone can help me. I read Sadaroku. On the nakago is a star stamp and a number. The nakago looks very clean. I din't find out if Sadaroku was a swordsmith of yasukuni shrine, so is this blade traditionell made? What does the signature mean. Pictures are a little big. The blade looks lovely for me. The koshirae is not very eye catching.
  9. Came upon a WWII gunto, moderate condition, turned out to be a steal. Decided I’d rather sell it to someone who appreciates the historical value enough to keep it in the state that it’s in. If it nobody rescues it, it’ll probably become my restoration project. It’s missing almost all of the saya accoutrements, handle was re-wrapped shabbily. For some reason, it has no mekugi pin, no mekugi pin holes in the handle either. My guess; the reason for this is because it was never fully finished before Japan’s unconditional surrender. Hiromitsu, sho stamp. Dated May of the 20th year of the Showa 1945. $1,100 If you want to send me an offer, send it to: gabrielcturner@gmail.com
  10. Gentls, need yours help with identifying a gunto mei I would be very grateful for your assistance Regards, Kyryl
  11. Hi, I am a new member to this forum but have been on other sites/forums, under my same user name, for many years. I am not an avid or very experienced Japanese Sword enthusiast but have always been interested in WW2 era items for collecting. I am listing my WW2 Shin Gunto Japanese Officers Sword here in hopes of selling it to fund some other projects of interest. I purchased this sword many years ago from a fellow WW2 collector and know little about its history or origin other that it was obtained by a returning WW2 soldier in the Pacific. I have several pics to show condition here and will send others if requested. The only issues I see are the obvious 2 dings to the scabbard and one nick to the sword blade. Otherwise it seems pretty decent overall. Please contact me through text or calls at - 309-242-1537 if interested in it. Selling for $1550.00 shipped in the US. Thanks again!
  12. I'm just looking to give a couple of my Shin Gunto-mounted swords a more 'finished' look with some inexpensive reproduction officer tassels, preferably blue Junior Officer tassels. I'm looking for good repros at a low cost, preferably under $100.
  13. Hi everyone! I hope I’m posting this in the right section. I wasn’t able to find the difference between the first printing(red) and the second printing(blue) of “Modern Japanese Swordsmiths, 1868-1945: An Oshigata Book” on Google. In fact I was hoping you guys could help point out the differences between all 3 versions. Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance!
  14. hi everyone, I'm a new member from Italy! I bought a beautiful shin gunto at an auction, but the signature makes me confused.. I don't know the Japanese language but this one looks different from all the ones I've seen around in internet! can you help me?
  15. looking for a translation, thanks in advance.
  16. Hello! Going through my small war collectibles stash during break and started looking deeper into this one. What im reading is potentially a Type 95 Shin Gunto with copper Tsuba. I welcome the boards thoughts on if I am off or not. Just starting my journey with this piece, even though it has been in storage for 20 years. Thanks!
  17. Hey friends Ive recently acquired a new sword and was concerned about this weird stamp its a Diamond with a N in the middle as seen in the pictures, however after alot of searching through forums some naval dirks and other kyus have had this strange stamp on them any info on it would be great please! Thanks again!
  18. It is interesting that I came across a "brass scabbard copper handle NCO" as mentioned in Fuller and Gregory. It is actually brass or "gilt plated" not solid brass as the extract from their excellent book infers. Anyway, thought it worth sharing.
  19. It's a small blade just under 24 inches. Appears to be monosteel, basic gunome hamon (likely oil heat treated), can't find a stamp except a small black dot at the bottom of the nakago, which might not mean anything. Can't find any numbers on the fittings either, if that matters. Has two hangers and a stingray skin saya. There is some kind of writing on the nakago. I want to learn more about it. I'm looking to hear what others have to say.
  20. 0Takeda0

    "Mumei" Nakago

    I can't tell if this nakago has been altered or not. Blade seems typical of gendai swords, but I can't tell if it is a genuine nihonto or showato. I have had to remove a lot of active red rust from the nakago using horn. It almost looks like a signature and stamp were removed, but that could just be the way the tang has aged. Some more background on the sword, the blade came with matching type 98 mounts, except the tsuka is wrong (which would explain the state of the nakago). Fuchi, seppa, tsuba, saya all seem to match the blade. The habaki was hard for me to remove because of rust. Blade has obvious fold patterns in some spots, but the blade is covered in scratches. The blade is on the shorter side, about 65cm nagasa.
  21. Hello Mil Swords Section, With many thanks to Neil (IJASWORDS) I am excited to share with the group my first gunto mount . I mainly own and have studied Shinto and earlier blades, but the mil historian in me wanted to have a gunto in the collection, and finding one with with an older blade helped meet both interests. Neil's recent slew of sale items and having recently moved to Thailand, being around some of the vestiges of the Pacific Theater, pushed me to get one for study. Neil was great to purchase from, connecting me with a perfect set for my interests and it arrived well packaged. I've read up on some of the history, but welcome any additional comments. A complete Type 98 set, nice fittings marked "54", with leather saya cover, and company grade tassel (my favorite grade since afterwards lies the misery of staff assignments...) Guess I'll need to spend more time on this sub-forum! And maybe make room for more Cheers, Chris
  22. Hello all, Just wondering if anyone can shed some light this tassel. Came as part of a job lot but despite my best efforts and references, I have not been able to work out if its real or fake or what type of sword it may attach to. It came from a legitimate (passed) gunto collector and no reason to believe it is fake or even that it may have come from a country other than Japan. Seems to have previously been attached to a sarute judging by the discoloration, stiffness and shape at the end of the tassel. Any information or ideas would be welcome. Thanks Rob
  23. Hi everyone .....its on its way .....found it i9n a junk auction ...more pics to come ...floor bidder was keen !
  24. I bought this Type 32 Ko sword as a novice and I've taken more time more to research what the details are. It seems like this is a very strange version if not a fake. Here's what I noticed: 1. A strange serial number, the font is different, it's small, and the numbers are too close. 2. The clasp is a rounded point, not is a wedge shape. 3. There are no additional markings, not on the scabbard or on the guard. 4. No leather washer. 5. The throat has the bolt protruding. 6. The handle is shaped differently, it's more of a tube shape. 7. The fuller starts and ends far away from each end of the blade. 8. The blade doesn't have a clear edge, very dull and round. Is this authentic? It has so many things that I question now, but overall it looks like it could be real, although I have no idea.
  25. So I believe this is an early type 98 gunto, but please correct me if I am wrong. the fuchi seems slightly taller than on any of the comparable swords I can find, and I can't seem to find anything with this type of engraving, all others seem to have the same alternating leaf design. the style of tsuba is what leads me to beleive it is an early example type 98. the tang has only that single stamp which leads me to believe it was probably a mass produced blade. it seems also that this is not the original handle wrap(ito) as the material, wrapping style, and workmanship don't seem to match up. if anyone can tell me anything more about this sword I would really appreciate it!
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