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Article about: I went to the Albany gun show today. As I walked into the entrance all I could see was a gentleman holding this sword. It was as if the light was shinning down on him and all I could see was

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    If you collect ww2 japanese blade everyone needs a late war last ditch blade. Not the best quality, but not as common as early and middle war blades. Marty

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    Marty I agree

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    Hi Guys,

    I like to think of these Type 3 as late war pieces but not yet what I would call last ditch. I've seen much worse produced later on. They were, in my view, a switch to a more serviceable combat weapon as compared to the Type 98.

    The wartime type Gunto for army officers 1943 (Type 3 GuntM)

    I have several and while they usually have 44 and 45 dated blades one of mine has a 43 dated blade.

    They can also be found with star stamped Rikugun Jumei Tosho Swordsmith blades and occasionally other gendaito blades. Here is an example of a star stamped one.
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    Regards,
    Stu

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    Stu very nice . You have some great photos of your swords. Gary

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    I saw this sword in person. It's gorgeous. Nice job, Gary. I think Brian was a little annoyed at your good fortune. Hah!

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    Quote by RH1941 View Post
    Stu very nice . You have some great photos of your swords. Gary
    Thanks Gary,

    While I do periodically take some good photos of my swords, and that sword is mine, on this occasion I must credit Moses Becerra for taking those photos. And Yes, they are used with his permission.

    Regards,
    Stu

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    this type mounting comes in two variations. There is the model you bought, which is the more common. There is another variation with a rough lacquered wood scabbard and heavily lacquered handle wrap. This form always contains true gendaito just as your model contains factory made blades. I have never seen a variance to these variances. Interestingly enough, some of the gendaito I have seen in these mounts in my opinion rate far better in quality than other earlier war time gendaito I have encountered.
    BOB

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

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    Ricky it was great seeing you today, Did you pick up anything else. Stu Moses Becerra took some great photos of your sword. Gary

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    I went to that show today also! A good show that was well attended, I bought some ammo but as always at theseshows most prices are a little high-good purchase!

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    Looks like I missed out on a good show and opportunity to meet some forum members. I feel shame and regret.

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