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My Grandfather got this katana back in World War 2 somewhere around the 1960s.

Any information on this is much appreciated

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I couldnt find any signs of signature on the tang, i dont know if the rust covered it or it is just made like that, and also i couldnt find any arsenal stamps on the sword

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I couldnt find any signs of signature on the tang, i dont know if the rust covered it or it is just made like that, and also i couldnt find any arsenal stamps on the sword

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This is a mogito, a practice sword with blade in aluminium alloy and modern cast fittings

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Easy test: take a magnet. If it’s attracted= iron or steel. If not, aluminum. Not even sure the Ray skin is real. Looks like plastic.

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This is a mogito, a practice sword with blade in aluminium alloy and modern cast fittings

Manuel,

For my own education, what is meant by "practice sword?" Do you think it was made in Japan as a practice sword? The blade shape looks authentic as does the nakago jiri.

 

The etched name "Randal" and possibly a unit "IIXII" could be the guy that brought it back, if made during the war (for practice).

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Manuel,

For my own education, what is meant by "practice sword?" Do you think it was made in Japan as a practice sword? The blade shape looks authentic as does the nakago jiri.

 

The etched name "Randal" and possibly a unit "IIXII" could be the guy that brought it back, if made during the war (for practice).

 

Of course i might be wrong, but from what i see the blade isn't tamahagane for sure and most likely not even steel. The hamon is drawn and the nakago is been badly adapted (most likely to fit the tsuka). Usually this kind of blades are called "mogito" in Japan, and can be wall hangers for tourists or iaito for practice.

Tosogu are all modern cast and the koshirae is "wall hanger quality".

At least is probably made in Japan, since usually China ones are steel

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All else set aside,

 

"My Grandfather got this katana back in World War 2 somewhere around the 1960s" .

 

That would be a nice hat trick.......since that war ended in 1945...... just throwing it out there.

 

Mark

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