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    You might get more responses here: ...

    You might get more responses here:

    http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/index.php

    Register, lots of very knowledgeable people on that board from around the world.

    Rich
  2. Thread: NCO sword??

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    Pure speculation, but likely from a pile of...

    Pure speculation, but likely from a pile of confiscated Japanese swords after the surrender. Just a guess. Probably no way to know for sure.

    Rich
  3. Thread: NCO sword??

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    Yes, this is a shingunto (military officer's...

    Yes, this is a shingunto (military officer's sword) not an NCO sword. A larger pic of the writing on the tang would help. Can't quite read it as is.
    It may (?) be ____ Masamitsu or _____Kanemitsu-...
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    Bruce - Yes, the smith's name and kanji are...

    Bruce -

    Yes, the smith's name and kanji are very helpful. I've never been able to translate their real names. :-(
    My translation skills are terrible; just a matter of matching Kanji with various...
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    Bruce - Text versions ?? What do you mean?...

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    Text versions ?? What do you mean? Just curious.

    Rich
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    I believe it is "Seki Hiromitsu". A Showa era...

    I believe it is "Seki Hiromitsu". A Showa era smith; blade has Seki stamp as Bruce noted.
    See the middle oshigata on this page:

    http://www.japaneseswordindex.com/promei.htm

    Rich
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    I'm sure there are books on Matchlocks; not sure...

    I'm sure there are books on Matchlocks; not sure about Jingasa. Not my area of interest, so do a search on Google or whatever to see what's available. Might try Amazon - they carry everything :-)
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    I have a little info on naginata on my website: ...

    I have a little info on naginata on my website:

    http://www.japaneseswordindex.com/polearms.htm
  9. Thread: Japanese Sword

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    No, wrong way to measure. ...

    No, wrong way to measure.

    http://www.japaneseswordindex.com/measure.htm

    You want from tip (Kissaki) to Mune-machi (where the habaki stops at the top of the blade).
    The proper term on the...
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    Yes, a katana kake (stand) works great. That's...

    Yes, a katana kake (stand) works great. That's what they were designed for, although it may be hard to find one for three blades.
    For info on dating, maker, etc. try this forum:
    ...
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    Being cast and with an oddly shaped nakago-ana,...

    Being cast and with an oddly shaped nakago-ana, I'd concur with Kristian - likely Chinese or Korean. Never seen a Japanese tsuba like it in my 40+ years of collecting/study.

    Rich
  12. I think we need a good picture of the entire tang...

    I think we need a good picture of the entire tang to make sense of it.

    Rich
  13. Yes, your translation is correct. Rich

    Yes, your translation is correct.

    Rich
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    It is one of several Japanese sword forums, but...

    It is one of several Japanese sword forums, but this one gets little traffic. Try the one I noted above - very big, lots of very knowledgeable folks and very active group.
    Rich
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    I can't translate it for you, but the folks on...

    I can't translate it for you, but the folks on the Nihonto Message Board will be able to.

    http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/index.php

    Rich
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    Yes, modern, most likely Chinese made copy. Rich

    Yes, modern, most likely Chinese made copy.
    Rich
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    Yes, Ohmura san's page is excellent. So is the...

    Yes, Ohmura san's page is excellent. So is the Japanese Sword Society of the US page on fakes:

    http://jssus.org/nkp/fake_japanese_swords.html

    Rich
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    Learn first, buy later. My website linked below...

    Learn first, buy later. My website linked below is a good place to start. My various links pages
    have many dozens of dealers sites listed. Don't buy until you know what you are buying and
    what a...
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    Looks to me to be a pretty standard Kai-gunto...

    Looks to me to be a pretty standard Kai-gunto made in Seki. I don't see an arsenal stamp in the pics, but the "chippy" style of the mei is a common sign of a Seki blade.
    Rich
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    Based on Ed's observations, I would suspect an...

    Based on Ed's observations, I would suspect an end of the war sword.
    Rich
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    Bruce - Can't seem to get your pics to load,...

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    Can't seem to get your pics to load, just keeps buffering and buffering?? I have this trouble with all photobucket links.

    Rich
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    Yes, correct translation of Koa Isshin Mantetsu....

    Yes, correct translation of Koa Isshin Mantetsu. See the page below for details.

    http://www.japaneseswordindex.com/koa.htm

    The mekugi (peg) is normally bamboo, but some were ebony (or some...
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    It's real, no doubt. A WWII Shingunto, most...

    It's real, no doubt. A WWII Shingunto, most likely a Seki made blade judging from the hamon.
    Rich
  24. Sticky: Ed- Thank you for posting that info. I've not...

    Ed-

    Thank you for posting that info. I've not been replying to some posts as I get tired of trying to read sideways or download the images to turn them to a readable position. If folks will follow...
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    Ed - You are probably correct. Those chippy...

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    You are probably correct. Those chippy Seki mei drive me nuts and I find them hard to read (esp sideways :-)
    Rich
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