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This may be a slow thread to start as these gunto are pretty rare, but I thought I'd toss it out there: Dawson lists 8 emblems but states he knows of only the first 3 found on gunto - Japanese Govt Railways, South China Railway Co, and the SMR. I'm posting the chart along with a SCR emblem found on fleabay 9 years ago (link is already dead).

 

Anyone have real examples? (I know we have lots of the SMR emblem.

I'm really looking for all the others)

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Bruce

 

This is not mine,but is was the only one I ever saw had this marke on Gunto "工"-short verse for "工字鋼"  ,means shape of the railway track.Kind of like the C.G.R logo but  has a cloud shape thing in the middle.No photo for the tang.

 

Trystan

 

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I can only help you with pictures of old sales that i have seen, as i don't have any examples of my own. The tachi both have Mantetsu blades, the gunto is SMR.

The first Tachi has IMO more of a "real" gunto ito wrap,(that is circa WW2), while the second could be a re-wrap?

 

Trystan, thanks for sharing those great pics, very interesting!

 

Here's a Tachi : (included the nakago if it helps you out on your mantetsu database)

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Another Tachi : (this one was discussed here on the forum, link included, again nakago pics for your info)

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http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/15683-ww2-southern-manchurian-railway-tachi/

 

 

Another SMR sword, this time gunto with tassel, nakago has 2 stamps:

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I can only help you with pictures of old sales that i have seen, as i don't have any examples of my own. The tachi both have Mantetsu blades, the gunto is SMR.

The first Tachi has IMO more of a "real" gunto ito wrap,(that is circa WW2), while the second could be a re-wrap?

 

Stegel, fabulous examples! And I did not have that serial number on of that second one. Too bad you don't have it for that first one!

 

Yeah, I don't know what to think about that purple ito. They DID have some purple wraps back then, but this one just looks too new.

 

The last one with the South China railway is the second I've seen now, outside of Dawson's one, and it looks like they are all non-Mantetsu. Dawson stated that the SCR commissioned the blades, so they must have been made by other smiths.

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I'm adding a gunto owned by Michaelr, posted here: http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/29676-help-with-blade-tassel-and-fittings/. It is a non-Mantetsu blade in standard IJA 98 fittings (except for the all-brown fitting paint), but has the cream/brown tassel. It is only the second tassel I've seen in these colors outside Ohmura's site. Ohmura states gunto fitted this way are from the South China Railway police. SCR was taken over by SMR. Both military and civilians worked the policing of the lines, protetcting them from sabateurs. Ohmura's discussion is here: http://ohmura-study.net/308.html

 

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This is not mine, but is was the only one I ever saw had this marke on Gunto "工"-short verse for "工字鋼"  ,means shape of the railway track. Kind of like the C.G.R logo but  has a cloud shape thing in the middle. No photo for the tang.

 

This is the logo of the Manchukuo National Railway (滿洲國有鐵道) which existed from 1933 to 1945.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchukuo_National_Railway

 

Below is the Japanese Wikipedia page on railway rails.

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/軌条

 

Thanks for sharing the pictures of this unique sword.

 

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This is the logo of the Manchukuo National Railway (滿洲國有鐵道) which existed from 1933 to 1945.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchukuo_National_Railway

 

Below is the Japanese Wikipedia page on railway rails.

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/軌条

 

Thanks for sharing the pictures of this unique sword.

That was the only one I ever saw,it is in China.

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Do you by chance have a picture of the overall view?  If so, I would like to see it.  If not, was it more or less a standard looking army Type 94/98 style guntō?

That's the only 2 photos I saw/have,and I didn't know the owner.I think it's more like standard 98 but has MNR logo.

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On 10/13/2020 at 12:19 AM, Kiipu said:

BangBangSan

I thought you might enjoy loooking at these pictures linked below.

"Looking for someone can read Japanese"

https://www.gunboards.com/threads/looking-for-someone-can-read-Japanese.1173364/post-10518574

 

Thomas

I found a photo of 滿洲國有鐵道 Brass plate

 

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There is patch on the scabbard where there has been a bad repaint over corrosion from where the sword was carried.

Overall, the fittings and saya are of fairly good quality.

 

With regard to the partial removal of the railroad company logo: Maybe the NCR / Kwantung army officer was sent south and removed the NCR logo at that point.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Jon MB

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