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When you get a new sword and hope it isn't monkeyed around with, finding matching assembly numbers on the blade and fittings, makes you feel good about it. 

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It does help, doesn't it Neil. The total lack of them is a bit of a puzzle to me. Assembly numbering could be anothe area to study! There was such a variety - painted, stamped, painted & stamped, English, Japanese, English & Japanese, modified Roman numerals, off the top of my head.

 

It bugs me that my '39 Mantetsu in combat saya has no numbering of the fittings. Only 2 peices have a rough "11" or "2" (kanji) scratched on them. At least it says the seppa and fuchi started life together.

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Here is an example of that. Although in this case the shinshinto blade wasn't numbered.

Cheers,

Bryce

 

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 I think numbering would be more important in a large concern with multiple swords on the go at the same time, and less so in a small workshop where they could be sending one complete sword our before starting the next.

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