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Japanese Officers Sword

Article about: I picked this one up back in 1995. It has some wear on it, but, it does have its tassel. Thanks, Rob.

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    I think this could be an occupied territories arsenal made sword . There are elements on the sword that are mimicking standard gunto fittings but obviously not the same as mainland Japanese arsenal made . The blade looks good , tsuba , tsuka , ito wrap and same all look pretty reasonable to me from the photos and it shows a reasonable tint of age . I feel this one has a good chance !
    REGARDS AL

    We are the Pilgrims , master, we shall go
    Always a little further : it may be
    Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
    Across that angry or that glimmering sea...

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ID:	694309Ok, guys I was able to get some more photos. The handle was held on by a steel pin, I add a while ago to hold it together, not original. I don't see any signature on the tang, but there are five notches on the top of the tang. I hope these help, let me know if it was made in China. Thanks for looking, Rob

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    Although the top fitting is unusual, everything else points to standard Japanese mounts. If it was made in China, it was during the war under the supervision of the Japanese military.
    BOB

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

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    Fake,IMO.

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    I thought there was a possible small(tiny) stamp on the tang near the mounting hole, but couldn't determine anything as the sharpness was lost when i zoomed in.

    Some of the fittings look a bit suspect to me, but i havn't seen enough of these to be certain that it is fake or real.
    I understand that in Manchuria they used a 5 petal-20 Stamen Plum blossom, instad of the 5 petal, 15 stamen Cherry blossom like in mainland Japan. Most of these have stamps on the blade and/or tang, most are crude and appear to be late war last ditch in quality. This one is the same, although i'm still not liking the fittings on this one.

    The tang on this one is similarly unfinished and rough in appearance. The blade appears to be ok to me if we are talking about this type of sword, so as Bob and Alan said, made in occupied territory overlooked by Japanese is still a possibility i think.
    Swords were also made in Taiwan although i haven't seen any first hand.

    Can you check the tang again for any very tiny stamps, it may just be my eyesight though-sorry!

    Ern

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    Ern, I've given the tang a good looking over, I can't see any other marks aside from the five notches. Thanks, everyone for your comment, Rob.

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