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Brian Wolfe

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  1. Hello All, When I started collecting a number of years ago I was really impressed with the Khedive's Star, for whatever reason I am not sure. However, I am still fond of them. Here is a nice pair from the Egyptian campaign. Egypt Medal 1882-1889 1882 issue, early campaigns Khedive's Star 1882, for action at Tel-el-Kebir 13th Sept. 1882 awarded to, 127 Pte. T. COUPE 1/ SHROPSHIRE: L.I. Cheers Brian
  2. Hi Leigh, Different countries and different cultures. Here (in my little part of Ontario, Canada) I have found that female officers deal with a lot of crimes against women and children. Whether they are better at dealing with these victims than the male officers I can not say. I can say that the victims quite often would rather talk with a female officer, given that the antagonist is usually male. We like to think that everyone is equal regardless of gender but in the real world it is not always that clear cut and polical correctness takes a backseat to getting the job done. Maybe in the di
  3. Here is the last photo of my Type 32 sabres. This shows the short pattern with a brass washer and the long pattern with a leather washer. These washers were installed to keep moisture out of the saya (scabbard) while the sword was in the scabbard. The brass washer is the same style that was used on easlier swords prior to the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05. It would be my guess that the use of the brass washer was discontinued due to the need for more swords during the war. This would make the short sabre an earlier pattern. The calvary sabre is used primarily as a replacement to the lance
  4. Here is the photo of the grip two of the Type 32 sabres. They look to be different in size but that is only due to my limited photographic skills. I have measured every aspect of these two sabres and the length seems to be the main difference. There is one other difference that I will show in the next photo. Brian
  5. Here is a photo that shows the relitave differences in the lengths of the sabres and the saya (scabbards). Brian
  6. Hello All, I am posting two Japanese Calvary Sabres Type 32 c.1886, one is longer than the other and I am wondering if this constitutes a different pattern. I will refer to them as the long and short pattern though this may technically be incorrect. It just makes this discussion easier and I hope clearer. The Cavalry Sabre Type 32 replaced the 1877 pattern in about 1866 and while a fairly scarce sword it is generally not sought after by collectors due to its utilitarial and non-Japanese appearance. The blades were machine made and the steel saya (scabbard) has one ashi (attachment ring). I
  7. Now for the last photo, the Hamon (temper line). The Hamon is the line produced by the tempering of the blade. In this case the shape is called Sugu. This straight line is very diffucult to produce. The Hamon in the photo is half way between the plastic pointer and the Ha (cutting edge which is the upper most edge in the photo). It looks like the angle of the blade changes at the point of the Hamon but it is as smooth as glass. The area between the Hamon and the Ha (cutting edge) is called the Yakiba (tempered egde) and is easy to see in this photo. I hope the viewers are enjoying my Japa
  8. The Kissaki (tip) of the Shin-gunto shown is the Chu shape. The photo does not show the Hamon (temper line) properly but it follows the shape of the edge all the way along to the Mune (back edge of the blade). Brian
  9. This is a view of the Tsuba (guard). I find it interesting that this officer spent the cash on a fine blade yet went with a cheaper Tsuba. This was made to look like the pierced Tsuba with the separate Seppas (washers). There are Seppa used with this Tsuba but the other more decorative styles are part of the casting. It is possible that these were added after the war in order to offer a complete sword for the market. Complete swords do sell easier than the blade alone. That is unless you are talking about ancient blades then the furniture is not as important as the blade itself. Cheers B
  10. Here is the Tsuka of my Officer's Shin-gunto. The Mekugi (bamboo peg) that attaches the blade to the Tsuka is actually too long but that is the way it was when I took over as its caretaker several years ago. Cheers Brian
  11. Hello All, Here is my Japanese Army Officer's Shin-gunto. It is a hand made blade and quite elegant in its design. The blade tappers along its length and the tip viewed from above the Mune (back edge of the sword) swells at the Kissaki (point). The Tsuka (handle) is also tappered and has a cast Tsuba (guard) which is solid and not pierced as many were. The Hamon (temper line) is straight which is technologically very difficult to achieve. This is an unnamed blade. Here are the particulars of this sword, Gendi Blade (1877 - 1945) Early Showa c. 1935 Nihunto Suguta (blade shape): Shinogi
  12. Here is the tsuba. The tsuba (guard) of the Kai-gunto is made up of the tsuba and two seppa (washers) to give the familiar sun pattern of the Naval model sword hilt. Cheers Brian
  13. Here is the tsuka (hilt) of my Kai-gunto. The Same' (ray skin) has shrunk as the dealer who sold this to me had a fire in his shop and the heat shrunk the same'. There was no damage to the rest of the sword and I have never looked into replacing the same' as it is original and I like it that way. The tsuka-ito (binding) has seen a lot of handling most of which I would guess was post war. The menuki (metal ornaments under the tsuka-ito) are there to improve grip. Menuki are found on swords for all periods and if you check out the first sword of this series that I posted yesterday you'll see
  14. Hello All, This is my Kai-gunto with the Naval tsuka (hilt). This blade is machine made of stainless steel and it is signed. The number 153 is also stamped into the nakago (tang). It is interesting to note that some machine made blades were signed and many hand made blade are unsigned, contrary to popular belief. Nakago shape: Futsu Nakago-jiri (tang tip shape): Kuri-jiri Mekugi-ana: one The tsuba (guard) is the brass and copper sun pattern of the Imperial Japanese Navy. I have read that most of these swords were lost with the ships on which their owners served. The sword would stay in
  15. And the acid etched blade. You can see the yakiba quite clearly and of course the hamon. This is the long pattern with a fullered blade. Cheers Brian
  16. Here is a close up of the grip and guard. On the side of the back strap can be seen the Japanese Mon (symbol). Sometimes an important family would have the family mon placed on the back of the back strap. If you are out looking to add one of these to your collection look at the back of the grip. If there is a mon and the price is fair, buy it. Unless I am there and then just point it out to me. This style of grip is not what most people expect when you talk about a WW II Japanese sword and indeed it is more like the grip style used during the Russo-Japanese War. I'll post one of those
  17. Hello All, Here is the Japanese Army Parade Sabre c.1930, long pattern. The blade is machine made, chrome plated and with an acid etched yakiba. The yakiba is the tenpered part of the blade including the cutting edge. The line that is formed between the yakiba and the jigane (lower blade surface) is called the hamon. This feature could be purchased at an additional cost by the officer. These swords were not tempered and therefore would never have a naturally occuring hamon. As you can see this is only for parade duty as the blade would be of little use in a battle. The hand guard and grip
  18. Thanks Jim, I will post my officer's swords another day as well as my much older specimens. Two from the 1650s and a No-dachi that is probably an old copy as they have not made them since the 1390s. I got it in a trade with some other items many years ago. I'm listing the swords saving the best for last. Cheers Brian
  19. Here is the photo of the NCO Shin-gunto's tip. Cheers Brian
  20. Here is the NCO Shin-gunto c 1933-34 sword handle. Notice how much detail when into this handle to make it look like the original Samuri sword. I have seen this handle in copper but never owned one. I understand that there are fakes coming out of China or India that look exactly like these. If you are looking to purchase an original Shin-gunto be very cautious. If the condition looks too good to be true then it is almost always a fake. Cheers Brian
  21. Hello All, Here is the NCO Shin-gunto c. 1933 -34 sword. This, in my opinion, is the sword most associated with the Japanese Army of the WW II period. This was designed to look like the Samuri swords of Japan's past. I think it was as much a propaganda item or perhaps an eccouragment to their young soldiers to follow Bushido as it was a functional battle sword. The sword itself has a nice feel and balance and is well made for a mass produced blade. The blade has a fuller, a feature dropped in later manufacture. The handle is well detailed and made of aluminum. It is attached to the bla
  22. Here's the NCO Shin-gunto's tip. Cheers Brian
  23. Here is the wood handle for the 1944 NCO Shin-gunto Cheers Brian
  24. Hello All, To continue with my Japanese sword theme here is an NCO Shin-gunto sword c. 1944. The blade is numbered 206811 and with what I believe to be the Seki acceptance mark. The saya is serial numbered the same as the blade and is made of brown painted steel with one ashi for attachment to the belt. The sword locks into the saya with a leaf spring catch. The handle is checkered wood and reflects the lack of metal in the period around the end of the war. The blade is machine made and lacks a fuller found on the earlier NCO sword (I'll post that one later). The blades on these are still
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