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So I think the title is misleading because the Shin gunto Mount started later but I think he means 1923 built blade which I don't read kanji so I can't confirm that.

 

My question was why does that fuchi just not look right to me?

 

Any opinions on value of the blade?

 

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/868095114

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Dunno where he is sucking that date from.
It is a wartime made arsenal sword, with the Sho(wa) stamp. Bit of a mix with non military fittings. It's probably at it's market value or just a little bit under. No steal though. His BIN is insane.

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I have seen quite a variety of mixed fittings when the blade came from a family donation, then refitted for the army. But this isn't a family blade. The Showa stamp says it was made for the army. The felt spacer and civil fuchi might have been added post-war. Can't picture an active duty Japanese officer switching out those items for personalization purposes.

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Dear Marc.

 

Check out Matsuda Kanetaka.  Showato but often quite nice.

 

All the best.

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