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Original Japanese Officer Sword?

Article about: Greetings all, Upcoming auction item. Apologies for the poor quality pics, this house needs a new photographer but there have been a few jewels in the rough. Anything obvious here? Or is it

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    Greetings all,
    Upcoming auction item. Apologies for the poor quality pics, this house needs a new photographer but there have been a few jewels in the rough.
    Anything obvious here? Or is it scrap?

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    Best regards,
    Chris

    "Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also."
    Carl Jung

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    a genuine period sword but the blade is really rough
    BOB

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

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    Many thanks for the quick reply Bob - I'll try to inspect in hand now if time allows. Much appreciated.
    Best regards,
    Chris

    "Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also."
    Carl Jung

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    Chris,
    Nice Officer gunto with Company grade (Lt's and Capt's) tassel! An officer grade tassel on the market runs $150 USD or more, so that would add to the sale price if they know what they're doing. The blade may just be covered with a goop they used back then to store metal gear, machinery, etc (there's a name for it, but I don't recall). It might be a gem in the rough!

    The blade appears more curved than your standard shingunto, so it MIGHT be something special, like a hand-made blade or even something old, heirloom-type. Can't wait to see more if you get it.

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    The tassel is worth 100.00 usd
    Fortune favors the brave 644th td

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    the goop could be cosmoline grease.

    Mart

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    Gentlemen, many thanks for your input.

    Here are some (slightly) better pics. Although it has some issues, in hand it looks much better than in the initial pics viewed. I think it is cosmoline grease covering the blade.
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    Best regards,
    Chris

    "Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also."
    Carl Jung

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    Is the tang signed?


    --Guy

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    A closer look
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    Best regards,
    Chris

    "Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also."
    Carl Jung

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    Quote by Bruce Pennington View Post
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    The blade appears more curved than your standard shingunto, so it MIGHT be something special, like a hand-made blade or even something old, heirloom-type. Can't wait to see more if you get it.
    Bruce,

    Agreed -- deep curvature! The first thing I noticed was the koshizori [deepest curve of the blade near the handle]; next, I noticed what looks like a double-habaki.

    Let's get a look at the nakago [tang] after the owner removes the mekugi [retaining pin].

    Cheers,
    --Guy

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