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 An interesting sword. Blue/green Ito, which is not all that common and something I like to see. The copper reinforcing bands are different,, but for the leather tab I would actually question if it had ever had a leather cover.

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Watching a documentary on the attack on Darwin in 1942. Saw a Zero pilot getting in his cockpit on a carrier. Definitely a full size gunto he is carrying.

 

Good catch there, Neil! Looks like an army tsuba. I just realized that I have no idea if their pilots were army or navy, or did they have both like us?

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Found another cool one on buyee.

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https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/e437981193

 

As for the airforce, I belive both navy and army had their own. It is interesting though that there would be an army pilot on a navy Air craft carrier as from what I have read the two branches did not work together.

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I see plenty of Kyu Gunto with the NLF, and the oddest selection of swords which look neither one thing or the other in the famous surrender photo, but I have no memory of radiate tsuba and very rarely double haikan.... This could easily be a result of research bias on my part though. 

 

 Happy to be shown an example though of a Kai Gunto worn by the above.

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This guy is either 9 foot tall, or he has a short gunto.

 

 NCO, possibly Shanghai. I see a lot of short "Gunto" usually wakizashi in improvised militarised mounts both in pic's and on dealers tables. Too many to share in fact.

 

This full size one I find interesting, because it is carried the way the one is in the photo above. Converted bayonet frog or purpose made.These photo's were posted by Geoff Ward some time back but I am not finding the original thread to link to, but here they are anyway.

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This one is quite interesting. Whoever made it used a kabutogane piece for a sayajiri. It makes me wonder if the souvenir daggers we have been discussing are attempting to copy something like this!

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comparison:

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It looks very suspicious to me . Look at the almost new saya lining, binding and paint on the saya. On the other hand the fittings show age and as Bruce points out the seppa and tsuba come from a sword that had a retention strap .I would bet the woodwork underneath the fuchi is new as well. All put together I think,

Ian Brooks

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