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Found 2 WWII Japanese swords..Need help

Article about: Hey Guys, Picked up 2 swords the other day and need some help figuring out what they are. Is there anyone here who can read what is stamped on the tang? Are these WWII or maybe even older? T

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    Default Found 2 WWII Japanese swords..Need help

    Hey Guys,
    Picked up 2 swords the other day and need some help figuring out what they are. Is there anyone here who can read what is stamped on the tang? Are these WWII or maybe even older? This post I will show the bottom swords tang, the sword with the leather scabbard. Should I clean..leave as is for now? Thanks for any help.
    Rgds, Mike
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    Default Re: Found 2 WWII Japanese swords..Need help

    They are both Shin Gunto's (Army swords).

    The top one is an earlier type 98 model, maybe a chrome plated saya (scabbard) it looks like? It is hard to tell if it is a hand made blade, some close up pictures of the blade would help. Do you have any pictures of the tang of this sword?

    The bottom one is a late '44 pattern gunto, these late swords almost always had hand made blades. This is a WWII era blade for sure.

    Dont clean the tang, it will decrease the value. I wouldn't try to clean the blade either, you could damage or destroy it if done the wrong way. You could get the blades polished by a professional, but chances are it will most likely cost more than the sword is worth. The only thing I would suggest doing to the blades would be oiling them with choji oil. Also be sure not to touch the blades with your bare hands, this will leave oils on the blade, causing them to rust leaving pitting spots.
    Last edited by miner1436; 03-30-2010 at 08:42 PM.

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    Default Re: Found 2 WWII Japanese swords..Need help

    Mike,

    If you at any time want to part with one, I am still looking for one for my boy (he is 21). Maybe a swap for some German stuff? Condition is not impotant to me just that it is original. Sadly he has no interest in my German collection but likes Jap stuff, probably due to all the cartoons he used to watch?!
    Its still Axis though!

    Jock

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    Default Re: Found 2 WWII Japanese swords..Need help

    Those are great swords, great find. congrats
    Best regards
    Nuno

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    Default Re: Found 2 WWII Japanese swords..Need help

    Thanks for all the reply's guys..Ok wont touch for now. The top blades scabbard does look to be chrome. I believe I was the first to take the handle off the bottom sword but this one I think someone beat me to it..here are pics of the tang of the top sword.
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    Default Re: Found 2 WWII Japanese swords..Need help

    Ok, this blade is a non-tradtionally made blade with the seki factory stamp. It is WWII era, blades with a seki stamp mean they were mass produced but hand made in a factory, and had passed the Seki Swordsmith Association quality inspection.
    Last edited by miner1436; 03-31-2010 at 01:26 AM.

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