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  1. Gentls, need yours help with identifying a gunto mei I would be very grateful for your assistance Regards, Kyryl
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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?
  6. looking for a translation, thanks in advance.
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Hi everyone .....its on its way .....found it i9n a junk auction ...more pics to come ...floor bidder was keen !
  15. 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.
  16. Hello all, looking for Generals Grade shin gunto, ideally with Tassel. Background and provenance even better. Best regards John
  17. 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!
  18. Hey guys, I was browsing eBay the other day and saw this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pilots-WWII-Japanese-Army-Officers-Samurai-SWORD-Antique-blade-WW2-Gunto-94/223969488735?hash=item34259f2f5f:g:~ckAAOSw6Qxei3DF This is definitely something out of the norm. Its out of my price range, but is something like this legitimate? Its definitely very eye-catching. ~Chris
  19. St. Croix Blades currently has 12 Swords listed on eBay. Here is the link: https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=stcroixblades&item=362949686568&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xjapanese+sword.TRS0&_nkw=Japanese+sword&_sacat=0 You don't have to purchase on eBay. If you see something you like, let me know and we'll arrange a direct purchase. Thank you. --Matthew Brice
  20. ChrisW

    Unknown Gunto

    Hey guys! Been a while since I posted any new finds of mine, I have quite a few that are sitting on my back-catalogue of things to post! I will get to them all eventually... Anyways, today's item that I am putting out there for opinions and discussion is my most recent acquisition. I picked it up from a certain auction site from a seller who was selling a memento of his father's time in the service. His father was in the USAAF (airforce) and was a crew member aboard a B25 and he picked this thing up sometime during the war. Upon return, he did not talk about his time in the service nor did he specifically mention where/when he obtained this blade. It is in fairly solid shape and besides the mekugi-pin and one of the tassels on the portopee is entirely intact. What drew me to this blade is its rather interesting hamon style which is reminiscent of older swords and the pierced tsuba (indicative of earlier war models). This blade however appears to be very much WWII due to the lack of oxidation on the nakago. Its measurements are: Overall length 36 3/4". Nagasa is 27". My asks are as follows: What smith made this blade? Is this a gendaito or showato? I couldn't find any seki or other stamping upon it, just the two kanji. The nagako is also SUPER bright in the seller's photos, I will try to get a true-color picture of it in daylight. What style is this blade's hamon trying to imitate? I picked this up for $600. I wonder how well I did? Thanks guys! P.S. The photos in blue are the sellers, the crappy ones are mine.
  21. Can anyone please tell me what this means please . Thanks Geoff
  22. Hi All, I'm new to the forum. I have a sword in my possession which I was considering to buy but need more info on it to determine if I'm paying a fair price (Asking price is ZAR 30,000 or US$2000) (Don't think this is worth close to that). Any help would be appreciated. I don't have much info other than the images I took yesterday on inspection. I can see the tip is damaged. My intention with this purchase is to buy something worth investing in as art / an heirloom to pass on to my son one day. (I doubt that this piece meets those standards but would like confirmations from someone knowledgeable in this field) Thanks in advance for feedback and apologies if this is posted in the incorrect area. The Saya is Dark blue lacquered but very badly scratched.
  23. Hi Guys, I'm new here and am interested in this WW2 sword I found. I just wanted to know if this is fake or not? Thanks!
  24. I listed a few gendai & NCOs for sale on eBay this weekend. 1. Nagamitsu (Ichihara) $2,195 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/254373014234 2. Kanetoshi $1,595 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/264480785851 3. Early low 5 digit SN Tokyo FIrst NCO w/ thick brass guard & matching numbers $1,195 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/264481628450 4. Very nice Nagoya NCO w/ brass guard & matching numbers $1,595 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/254373806083 5. Bare blade nihonto w/ suguha hamon & 2 piece silver & gold foil habaki $595 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/254373951252 Please PM me here or on FB if you have any questions or would like additional pictures. I will offer free WW shipping if purchased directly off NMB and 5% donation to the NMB.
  25. I am taking a bit of a leap and am auctioning off 3 swords. Each ends on eBay on Sunday night. Please take a look at them. You can contact me here in the message board, through eBay, or direct info@stcroixblades.com. Here are the links: 1. https://www.ebay.com/itm/362762540154 2. https://www.ebay.com/itm/362762540156 3. https://www.ebay.com/itm/113898616059 --Matt Brice www.StCroixBlades.com
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