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Help definition original or not Japanese NCO sword type 95


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Arem,

Shamsy or Stegel might correct me on this, but I believe it's a very good replica, probably from Poland. They are making some very good copies. A couple of examples from a legit one will show you some differences. The fuller grove on Tokyo/Kokura blade tips always mirror the shape of the kissaki (example below). And the designs on the tsuka top should be raised, not punched in like yours (example below).

 

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Compare yours:

 

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This one definitely causes a "double take" at first glance.    Saya paint jumped out at me from the "distance" photos, but other issues required me to look much closer!   Dave says what I often think on this matter …  invest now while it is still amateur phase. 

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At first glance it looks real good but the devil is in the details. This is a nice example and alot better than most of the fakes. +1 for Bruce and I agree with Shamsy (Patina and things like serial ranges and small manufacturing differences will be the way to judge swords in the future).

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