Quote by Stu W View Post
Hi Bob,

I don't disagree with that 30s is far less likely but would add that I included the late 30s comment because that would include the date of introduction of the Type 98. As the Japanese had already been in China for some time I think they were already ramping up mass production. Given that it's likely a parts piece so to speak the blade, mounts and scabbard could well have come from different time frames. The presence of the cut away tsuba leads me to think, as you do I believe, that these were not as issued but possibly assembled from available parts in times of great need and limited supply.


Sometimes, we become forensic scientists trying to piece together what has happened to an artifact since 1945. I am a good example of that! Good posts Stu.