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WWII Japanese SWORD at auction

Article about: There's an auction coming up and this was pictured as being for sale. I think it is a WWII Japanese sword, but I'm not sure. Is it? If so, how much (ballpark) is it worth so I know know much

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    Quote by BOB COLEMAN View Post
    It seems that the gendaito found in this form of mount always have lacquered tsukaito and a rough texture black lacquered saya.
    Bob, thanks for the clarification! I went back to the thread I was referencing (commments by StuW, Nihonto Message Board), and found both guys had the saya type you mention. I wonder what the significance is? Does this say there was an IJA "spec" requirement that Type 3 with gendaito were to have the double latch & laquered saya; or were these made by a particular factory and that was their koshirae preference?


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    Quote by Bruce Pennington View Post
    Bob, thanks for the clarification! I went back to the thread I was referencing (commments by StuW, Nihonto Message Board), and found both guys had the saya type you mention. I wonder what the significance is? Does this say there was an IJA "spec" requirement that Type 3 with gendaito were to have the double latch & laquered saya; or were these made by a particular factory and that was their koshirae preference?
    Depending on how much owner wanted to pay for his sword.

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    Quote by Gunto View Post
    Depending on how much owner wanted to pay for his sword.
    So if all known versions of the Type 3 with gendaito have this style koshirae I'd take it to mean that guys who could afford a gendaito blade also valued the lacquered wood saya and double latch? Maybe the style was popular and/or was considered a status symbol?

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    A Gendai blade was expensive, if you could afford one of them then you wanted to protect your prize. There is a thread on this very forum about these swords, here. Deflating another Myth, The Type 3 Army Officer’s Sword (Expanded Version)

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    Quote by Bruce Pennington View Post
    So if all known versions of the Type 3 with gendaito have this style koshirae I'd take it to mean that guys who could afford a gendaito blade also valued the lacquered wood saya and double latch? Maybe the style was popular and/or was considered a status symbol?
    Plus, carrying a wooden scabbard is much easier than humping around a steel scabbard.

    --Guy

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