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Beautifull Ray.

I have a Yuki Munemitsu Gendaito in nearly similar Koshirae with very fine Nanako on the Fittings.

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Chris,

 

Does your nakago have a number stamped at the end of it like Rays? I came across a Mantetsu with a number stamped on it like this and the number matched the number on the fittings, as if it was the koshirae maker that fitted out the blade who put the stamp on the nakago.

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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.

Very nice Ray! I have a blade by the very same smith. I’ve only seen two blades by Nakabayashi Akitaka, my own and now yours. Mine is also in the same style Type 3 koshirae but with a leather combat cover. Interesting is both yours and mine has a sarute which type 3’s usually don’t have...

 

Regards

Daniel

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Beautiful sword, thanks for sharing that one Daniel. Likewise, ours are the only two Akitaka I have seen. A very talented smith. The sarute in mine is very unusual. It is triangular in shape, with wire coiled around the outside. It appears to be original, but I've never seen one like this before.

 

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I have a triangular wire sarute I bought from a gentleman selling lots of spare 98 and 95 parts. He thought it was a 95 but it's not the right size or shape, so I assumed a 98. Glad that's confirmed.

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These are gilded brass on these, like the gilding on other brass/copper gunto fittings. The "fat seppa" always add a touch of class to a sword especially on those with blackened silver mounts.  

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Bruce, seeing that you love the "fat ones", here is the seppa set on a 1941, Noshu Seki Ju Kanemichi Kin Saku. It is also an aluminium saya.  

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Dang, that's gorgeous Neil! Wondering now if they are made by a single manufacturer or shop, implying that gunto fitted with them came through the same shop? Or, if it's simply easily made by multiple koshirae manufacturers. Probably the latter.

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Very nice Neil,

Any chance of some further pics of the blade and nakago?

Cheers,

Bryce

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The type 94 double hanger always a favorite. Old blades with their details to follow later when I get a camera that can do them justice.  

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This is the best one I've been able to look at. Almost managed to slice my arms open with it.  Unfortunately we didn't get to take super detailed pictures. The research we got with it was that it was made by Naminohira Yasu, who made swords from 1394 to 1428.  While the Koshirae definiteley showed some wear, the blade was nicely polished, though I don't know if it was polished more recently than WWII.  This is one of the two swords that really got me interested in learning more than about just Gunto.

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Here’s one I posted before but did not originally include a shot of the nakago.

Brandon,

That looks like a kakihan at the end of the nakago. Who was the smith on this? I'd like to add it to the Stamps Document.

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Bruce, That is Gassan Sadakatsu and his Kao.  Signed: Gassan Sadakatsu Kin Saku

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Looking closely at some Kai Gunto, and noticed that on the shark skin saya type, often a feature is made of a large nodule. And usually in the same place on the saya. A couple of examples attached. 

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Is it just me or do Kai Gunto tend to have rather poor quality samegawa on the tsuka no matter the quality of the blade? I wonder because it is almost exclusively dyed black they tended to use lower quality samegawa, rather than wasting the good stuff, in comparison to an equally quality Shin Gunto using traditional polished and stained same.

 

It would be interesting to see how the Samegawa changes on higher quality swords throughout the war

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Wow Neil. Do you think it's man-made? Seems too geometrical to be natural, yet, the dots seem the same as those around them and the dots around them seem to be undisturbed. In both, the dots spiral in toward the center dot.

 

On another note, I always thought this large dotted skin was eel. I have one that I was told was shark, and the way to tell, they said, was shark has diamond-like shape to the dots. But this is something I know nothing about. (hope I don't side-track your point!).

 

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