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Type 95 Gunto overstamping on serial?

Article about: Hello again! I'm interested in your opinions on this stamping and on this sword generally. To me it appears the first number of the serial number, an 8, was botched and then the Nagoya inspe

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    Default Type 95 Gunto overstamping on serial?

    Hello again!

    I'm interested in your opinions on this stamping and on this sword generally. To me it appears the first number of the serial number, an 8, was botched and then the Nagoya inspection mark was placed right beside it. I've looked at dozens, if not hundreds of pictures of Type 95 serials and I haven't seen this sort of thing before. How does the rest of the sword look in terms of match? The scabbard is non-matching. Thanks!
    Type 95 Gunto overstamping on serial?
    Type 95 Gunto overstamping on serial?
    Type 95 Gunto overstamping on serial?
    Type 95 Gunto overstamping on serial?
    Type 95 Gunto overstamping on serial?

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    John,
    You definitely have a legit Type 95 there. I also have never seen something like this. Maybe you can get StuW, or Stegel, or Shamsy to have a look. They are the big-time experts on 95s.

    The "8" must be part of the serial number. Without it, there would only be "5383", which we know isn't possible as that would put the blade in the copper-handle category. So the number is likely 85383. Why the "Na" is there is a mystery. To add, the kanji doesn't look stamped, but etched, or chisled in by hand. It's possible that it's a post-war bubba-job. But I've seen enough variations, miss-strikes, etc, to know that this could also be something done during the war.

    Hopefully one of the experts will opine. Thanks for showing it to us!

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    Thanks Bruce!

    Anybody else have any opinions? I'm very interested to hear what the experts think

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    Interesting that the ‘8’ is engraved, while the rest are stamped...
    Might it be that an earlier blade was re-used and the number duly modified, Bruce?

    Cheers,
    Bob

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    Quote by Kohima View Post
    Interesting that the 8 is engraved, while the rest are stamped...
    Might it be that an earlier blade was re-used and the number duly modified, Bruce?

    Cheers,
    Bob
    Sorry,
    I might have said that in a confusing way - the "8" is stamped; the "Na" is engraved. Though, after a re-look, the first 8 does seem to have been struck by a different hand than the rest of the numbers. This is a real odd-ball, for sure!

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