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Imperial Japanese Sword Identification Book pre WW II ( tsuba gunto)

Article about: Gents I seen this for sale on E-bay I can not speak to authenticity but did find it very interesting as I have never seen anything quite like it before. I thought I would post up the sellers

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    Default Imperial Japanese Sword Identification Book pre WW II ( tsuba gunto)

    Gents I seen this for sale on E-bay I can not speak to authenticity but did find it very interesting as I have never seen anything quite like it before.
    I thought I would post up the sellers description images and a link to the auction I guess we will see if it is a dud or warrants further discussion if not I apologize as it is not my area of collecting.

    RARE ITEM 100% AUTHENTIC, direct from here in Japan. GOOD CONDITION IMPERIAL JAPAN SWORD IDENTIFICATION BOOK, COVERING "MODERN" AND ANCIENT SWORDS - THEY MEAN MODERN BY PRIOR TO SHOWA 8 WHICH IS WHEN THE BOOK WAS PUBLISHED - SHOWA 8 IS 1933. AN EXCELLENT RESOURCE FOR THE JAPANESE SWORD COLLECTOR. NOTE - I COULD NOT TAKE PICTURES OF ALL PAGES SO THERE IS A LOT MORE IN THERE WAITING FOR YOU. 372 PAGES TOTAL. IT MEASURES ABOUT 7.5 INCHES X 4.5 INCHES (LENGTH X WIDTH).

    Imperial Japanese Sword Identification Book Pre WW2 Army Vtg Navy Tsuba Gunto | eBay

    Regards Mark
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    Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.

    Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!

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    An interesting but now obsolete book on identifying the characteristics of various Japanese swordsmiths. It shows hamon(temperline), horimono(carvings), nakago shape(tang shape), yasurimei(type of file marks finishing the tang)and discusses gijane(steel grain). Modern study has certainly produced more accurate material. However, an interesting historical piece covering swords made from the Edo Period and back.
    When members post older swords for an opinion, the above listed features of a blade are very important. The signature is not all ending to judgement.
    BOB

    LIFE'S LOSERS NEVER LEARN FROM THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS.

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    Many thanks for the reply Bob I must admit I know very little on the subject but still found it a rather unusual and interesting book .

    Regards Mark
    Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.

    Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!

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    One of the unintentional benefits of the sword consifscation following the war was the fact that many unknown swords came ut from private hands. Those not destroyed were scattered throughout the victorious contries due to servicemen bringing them home as souvenirs. As these swords were repatriated to Japan, it provided an opportunity to study these newly found blades. I recall in the 1970's, an old blade was discovered that was authenticated and proved that an example held in the National Museum supposedly by the same smith was actually a fake signature.
    BOB

    LIFE'S LOSERS NEVER LEARN FROM THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS.

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    Thank you Bob for the detailed explanation it will be most interesting to see were this auction ends up I will be keeping a close eye on it.
    I do believe it to be an interesting book and feel it should be conserved for historical reasons I am rather curious as to who produced it and how many copies would have been made .

    Regards Mark
    Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.

    Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!

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    Bob would this type of book be considered a listing of Oshigata's ?
    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    Quote by AZPhil View Post
    Bob would this type of book be considered a listing of Oshigata's ?
    Semper Fi
    Phil
    No, oshigata are rubbings. These are actual wood block prints bound in to a book. They can be found in Kanda, an area of Tokyo of used book stores. One of my early mentors in sword study had several different versions of these books he p[icked up over there in the late 1960's.
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    BOB

    LIFE'S LOSERS NEVER LEARN FROM THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS.

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    Bob, I think you mean Kanda.

    --Guy

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    Quote by ghp95134 View Post
    Bob, I think you mean Kanda.

    --Guy
    It has been a long time isnce I was there. Thanks for the correction.
    BOB

    LIFE'S LOSERS NEVER LEARN FROM THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS.

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