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Translation signature on Mantetsu blade

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Translation below.

興亞一心 = Kōa Isshin.

満鐵作 = Mantetsu saku = South Manchuria Railway (SMR) made.

昭和甲申春 = Spring 1944.

 

Please post additional pictures over in the Mantetsu thread, in particular the markings on the top of the tang by the habaki.

Attention Mantetsu Owners: A Survey

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Hi Bruce.

 

Don't get too excited, I think it's a horn trim on shirasaya.  :)

 

All the best.

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19 hours ago, Foo Dog said:

the translation for the following Mantetsu

Angel, just one more thing - I NEED a picture of the full serial number on the back edge of the tang.  You  have to understand - this is a live or die situation!  My obsession MUST be appeased! Ha! 

 

Seriously, you may not know about our long-running Mantetsu survey Thomas mentioned above.  We've been tracking Mantetsu mei and serial numbers for some time and would truly appreciate adding yours to the database.

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Bruce,

My friend I do understand but this is a sword that I’m contemplating buying.

The sword is posted on eBay if you want you can reach out to the seller for that information I’m sure he can provide you with that photograph.

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This is the one I posted in the mantetsu forum that doesnt have stamps on the back of the nakago.  The "exhibition" blade.

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