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Probably my gendai Enomoto Sadayoshi(mukansa). Just because I randomly discovered that sword at an auction while no one else took notice or knew what it was...So I got lucky :)

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I have 11 swords - I love them all - I would not part with any of them.

1.   Mumei - Bizen c. 1400

2.   Seisui Tokyo 1944

3.  Yamagami  Munetoshi Niigata 1941  (RJT smith)

4.   Yamagami Munetoshi Niigata 1943 RJT star

5.  Okishiba Yoshisada Osaka c.1943 (RJT smith)

6.   Nagao Kunishiro Aomori 1944 RJT star

7.   Shigekuni Wakayama? c. 1942

8.   Nakata Kanehide Gifu 1944 RJT star

9.   Mumei early gendaito c.1890?

10. Takashima Kunihide Kyoto 1944 RJT star

11. Tsukamoto Masakazu Fukushima 1942 (RJT smith)

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I'm like George.  My collection goal was to get good representatives of the primary Types and variants of WWII gunto (ok, I have some pre-WWII's too).  And I have that now, and don't plan to ever part with any of them, else the collection would again be incomplete.  But I've learned to "never say never", so in answer to the question it would definitely by my dad's '41 Mantetsu Koa Isshin.

 

 

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Good question. Probably my 1933 GASSAN SADAKATSU made and engraved to celebrate the birth of the Crown Prince, later to become Emperor.

Has some "catch and kill" meaning for me, as I travelled to Japan to find it!  

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I had a couple of requests to put up some photos. Some of them have been shown on another thread, but what the heck, I always get a thrill taking it out and having a look anyway. 

A good "sword buddy" and I went to Japan, and my goal was to find a good polished papered SADAKATSU. And to be honest, the sword found me! Polished, Hozon papers, ayasugi hada, it ticked all my boxes. 

It took close to 3 months from the time I saw it, until it arrived due to deregistration in Japan, and shipping issues. Many sleepless nights, but worth it in the long run. 

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For me, I couldn't part with my gunto that was giving to Flight Engineer 2/Lt Willam Warburton from Flying tiger by the Chinese Communist new 4th army 4th division, which saves him from the Japanese army.  Warburton was on B29 from 40th Bomb Group plane #237. It was shot down on November 11, 1944, on the mission to bombing target in Nanking.It's no a pretty sword but the story behind it is priceless.

The group photo is NOT 2/Lt Willam's crew but other flying tiger pilots rescued by N4A.

 

 

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Very good stuff Trystan.  I once read an intensely interesting book about John Birch's time in China during WW2.  I recall he was involved in saving a US aviator on one occasion.  I no doubt still have the book - somewhere!!

 

BaZZa.

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On 8/13/2021 at 6:29 AM, BANGBANGSAN said:

For me, I couldn't part with my gunto that was giving to Flight Engineer 2/Lt Willam Warburton from Flying tiger by the Chinese Communist new 4th army 4th division, which saves him from the Japanese army.  Warburton was on B29 from 40th Bomb Group plane #237. It was shot down on November 11, 1944, on the mission to bombing target in Nanking.It's no a pretty sword but the story behind it is priceless.

The group photo is NOT 2/Lt Willam's crew but other flying tiger pilots rescued by N4A.

 

That's an incredible story behind this sword ! Thanks for sharing, for sure it becomes an invaluable sword when you can put a name on it

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