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Thread: For Sale: Shinto blade in WWII-era military mounts

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    For Sale: Shinto blade in WWII-era military mounts

    Folks,

    I’m selling a signed Shinto blade in World War II-era military mountings collected in Burma (now Myanmar) in the 1980s. It has suffered surprisingly little damage from spending the past eight decades in tropical and semi-tropical environments (it went to Savannah, Georgia from Burma).

    This example has what may be old handprints on the blade; there are areas of black staining on both sides, with very minimal pitting. More serious is that the blade appears to have been badly polished, so that there are fine scratches along its length and the hamon is not visible. The edge has some nicks. A proper polish would remove all of these flaws, and this blade may be worth the expense. It’s signed Hitachi no Kami Muneshige; the name was used by two smiths (presumably of successive generations), working between 1661 and 1704. So it appears this is a Shinto blade given military mountings (early-production Type 98 mountings, I'm told, which would place them in 1938 or later) and carried during World War II--but its presence in Burma made that likely anyway. I’ve tried to show the signature in the photos below. The scabbard is steel with Army mountings, and the fittings are brass. All are well patinated but in good condition. The hilt’s organic materials are also in good condition, and the mounting is tight and solid.

    Higher-resolution photos are available on request.

    I'm asking $1,275 shipped in the U.S.A.; foreign buyers will have to discuss shipping. I accept PayPal (for Goods and Services, please add 3% to cover the fee) or check or money order. Sorry, no trades. Please send me a PM if you're interested.

    Mark Millman
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    Last edited by Mark Millman; 12-13-2019 at 04:35 PM.

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    Folks,

    In my enthusiasm, I got a bit carried away with the price. The new price is $1,275 shipped. I've changed the post above to reflect this.

    Best,

    Mark Millman

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    Folks,

    Also, the dimensions are:

    blade length: 28 1/2" (72.4 cm)
    grip length: 10 3/8" (26.4 cm)
    blade width at habaki: 1 1/4" (3.2 cm)
    blade width at yokote: 7/8" (2.2 cm)
    curve depth: 5/8" (1.6 cm)

    I'm afraid that I don't have a scale that will give me a precise weight, but it's around 2 1/2 pounds (1,135 g).

    Best,

    Mark Millman

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    Reduced to $1,150 shipped.

    Mark Millman

  5. #5
    Folks,

    Reduced to $1,025 shipped.

    Mark Millman

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    Folks,

    Reduced to $925 shipped.

    Mark Millman

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    Folks,

    Reduced to $800 shipped.

    Mark Millman

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    Folks,

    Also, there are additional photos available at this Google Drive link if you'd like to see them. It turns out that the hamon is visible if you work really hard to photograph it.

    Mark Millman

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    Folks,

    This sword is now sold.

    Mark Millman
    Last edited by Mark Millman; 02-08-2020 at 12:54 PM.

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