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I was playing with my camera to learn how to shoot nice close up pictures. So some shots of my army sword just to keep this thread going. Hope you like the quality of the pictures.

Best regards,

Ed

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I am still taken by the minute detail found on some Gunto. This a 1943 "98 MASAYUKI showing clearly the gilt highlighted components, and clearly the two metals (brass and copper applique) on the Kabutogane and Sarute. Probably not high class, but high quality and workmanship for WW2. 

Gunto stuff took years to be appreciated for what it is, and I for one am thankful some beautiful stuff is being preserved and cared for.  

Neil,did you got my message/Email?

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Hi Trystan, I got your message and the link. Very much appreciated, Neil. 

Sorry for not reply your message sooner,I was out of country and very busy for about 2 month.

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Here is a Kai Gunto in very good condition by Showa Jo-Jo Saku smith Komiya Kunimitsu. The gilding is almost completely intact, the Saya is done in an lacquered Ishime fashion

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Very nice gunto which appeared at a local gun show this past weekend. Togari-gonome hamon, signed Kanemoto (suriage). The hand-carved kamon is interesting to me (compared with what is typically pre-made kamon that are soldered to the kabutogane). This may be a typical thing for less common kamon, but I do not recall having seen before. Hamon is very similar to a friend's Magoroku, a more naturalistic togari-gonome with much sunagashi in the tani of each gonome. The mei does not follow the typical style for the early Kanemoto, however there was another Mino smith who used this format of MOTO around late Muromachi / Keicho. 

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So very jealous of anyone who possesses a traditionally made kyu-gunto! I've very much wanted one, but they always slip out of my grasp. :(

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Here is a Kai Gunto in very good condition by Showa Jo-Jo Saku smith Komiya Kunimitsu. The gilding is almost completely intact, the Saya is done in an lacquered Ishime fashion

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John, Nice naval blade by Kunimitsu...I've always liked his work, but never had one in hand. I notice yours is in hadori polish? My initial liking came from this oshigata done c.1941. (see pic below from 'Dai Nihon Token Shoko Meikan' 1942). I always keep an eye out...the closest I've come is an almost identical hamon by Okishiba Heianjo Yoshisada, an RJT from Osaka.

As a matter of interest, what would you call this hamon and the activities in the pic?

Regards,

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To my eyes it would be a "complex" Gunome with lots of Ara Nie, the polish isn't fantastic but enough to see most of the activity. Added some pictures of the rare retaining lanyard:

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I had never seen the retaining lanyard before. Is it restricted for Kai-gunto use only? Thanks for sharing!

Best regards,

Ed

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One of the nicest koshirae I have had of the so-called Type 3 model. The blade is a Soshu style work by Nakabayashi Futaro Akitaka.

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