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Old 4th June 2017, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default japanese sword id please

I picked this sword up today at a local antique fair ,I paid 100 for it without knowing much about it or its value , I think its a ww2 army issue sword , any information on it would be much apretiated,
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Old 4th June 2017, 03:13 PM   #2
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Well it's far from my expertise, but I think that's a copy.
Did you try to open the hilt?
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Old 4th June 2017, 03:48 PM   #3
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It's trying to be an NCO sword, but I tend to agree- most likely a copy. I've seen numerous NCO swords, but never one with Kanji on blade, usually just a serial number in Roman numerals. Also the lock doesn't look right among other things.

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Old 4th June 2017, 10:55 PM   #4
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Chinese fake I think. The handle retaining screw is not correct, the blade should have a habaki (collar) and the kanji on the blade is spurious
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Old 5th June 2017, 12:43 AM   #5
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Yep, a Chinese "fake." The best possible construction is that it a post-War weapon made for the Peoples' Army - they did use IJA weapons as proto-types. It looks rather solidly made, but the Japanese date Showa 17, or 1942, is spurious. Whoever is making these things is getting better and better.
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Old 5th June 2017, 01:44 PM   #6
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Are there any markings on the handle just above the tsuba ?

Any chance to see the scabbard under the leather cover ?
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Old 5th June 2017, 05:12 PM   #7
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oh well looks ive been caught out , like my dad use to say, stick to what you know, not sure what to do with it now maybe stick it in auction I guess its not worth much ,
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