just thought i'd take the swords out for a little dusting, and took some pics. i have been getting a bit forgetfull the last few years. and tried to look up the cherry blossom to refresh my memory, but found conflicting opinions on the police and military insignia. i always thought the police had 5 petal's and military had 10. do i have that right ?
any way here is what i have. two of the swords came together from a vet. he told me they were surrenderd to him. i assumed from the same officer. one is a korean occupation sword, i believe to be to a high ranking officer by the gold wire knot. the katana that was with it is a beauty. most of the gold frosting still on the tsuba, and i'm sure its a hand made blade.
one katana is kind of rough, but has a dragon minuki instead of the cherry blossom. never had the handle off to look at the tang. it has a leather wraped wood scabbard instead of steel
then a last ditch style officers and NCO machine made blades.
the cavalry NCO is mint, still has original grease on the blade. bluing on the hand guard is perfict.
then two parade swords. one has a family crest.
if any one wants to read the tangs let me know. i'd like to know my self.