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Japanese WW2 Officer's sword information

Article about: Good evening! I am new to the forum. I collect knives and guns and while on Christmas break, a friend of my mothers offered me a Japanese officer's katana that her grandfather won in a poker

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    Quote by MAP View Post
    You may want to use a rubber mallet to see if it will break it free instead of a hammer if you have one. But be soft. They usually leave no marks.
    Michael
    That is the reason for my mentioning a block of wood. Using a block of wood and a metal hammer will give more "impact" with a lighter tap.
    A rubber mallet is not the best answer.
    Ralph.
    Searching for anything relating to, Anton Boos, 934 Stamm. Kp. Pz. Erz. Abt. 7, 3 Kompanie, Panzer-Regiment 2, 16th Panzer-Division (My father)

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    That is the reason for my mentioning a block of wood. Using a block of wood and a metal hammer will give more "impact" with a lighter tap.
    A rubber mallet is not the best answer.
    Ralph.
    Thanks Ralph. It worked well on mine but I will happily defer to you as you have amply more experience than I.

    Michael
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

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    What ever you do be careful but get that darn handle off.... Just kidding..... I have been fortunate not to have a handle stuck.

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    Marty
    haha not sure if I'm up for putting this thing in a vice...ive been tapping away at it but no budging. Im going to have to draw the line somewhere...the tang does not want to reveal itself! I will try again, but if any of you experts have a surefire method, I am all ears!

    Edit: Just read the new comments. I can try a block of wood. Forgive me for not yet knowing the anatomy of the sword (I have, though, learned a lot the last few days!) but the two piece hatched part above the cross guard is substantially more loose. Could the tang have corroded inside the handle?

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    Check to make surethere is not a second pin! I concur that a rubber or plastic mallet can be used to dislodge the blade. Old built up rust can at times bind a handle to the nakago. Try the mallet approach without the vice first.
    BOB

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

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    Quote by Badcat22 View Post
    Could the tang have corroded inside the handle?
    Possibly, but it will likely be older rust. The method I posted should work. Just remember, do not hit it too hard. Patience is the key.
    Ralph.
    Searching for anything relating to, Anton Boos, 934 Stamm. Kp. Pz. Erz. Abt. 7, 3 Kompanie, Panzer-Regiment 2, 16th Panzer-Division (My father)

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    There does not appear to be a second pin.I will try the wood block method... Here is what I am working with... R/Dan

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    Got it!!! Pictures to follow in a second...

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    Three peg holes and etching on both sides. Do the 3 peg holes mean this blade has been on a few handles? Let me know if you all need better/different pictures. I attempted to get a close up of the etchings as well as a full tang profile. R/ Dan


    I see that the pictures posted horizontal. I took them vertically, I swear! If I need to flip them somehow I will...wanted to update ASAP though!
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    R/ Dan

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    Quote by rbminis View Post
    ... use a block of wood against the guard close to the blade and tap gently with a smallish hammer. ...
    Called "Nakago-nuki" [tang puller]



    Your hammer technique is the same as using the nakago-nuki: the angled piece of wood is placed upon the retaining band opening and then struck with the hammer:


    Sometimes ... repeatedly!

    --Guy

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