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Army Proficiency Badges: Swordsmanship/Bayonet Skills Badge

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This will be first thread in a long planned series of threads devoted to army and navy proficiency badges.

It’s time to have serious conversation about this Swordsmanship Badge (a.k.a. Bayonet Skills Badge) ;)

Ooooooooooh!

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The exact date of introduction of this badge is not known to me, but we know for a fact that this badge was already in use in 1934, since we found its description in army handbook that was published same year.

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Original name of the badge was

術徽章

Kenjutsu badge

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenjutsu

Initially badge had three classes (we will call them "early badges")

Badge for NCO

1st class badge for soldiers

2nd class badge for soldiers

Let`s take a look at them ;)

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Early badges

Badge for NCO

Undoubtedly the rarest of them all!

Here we have a textbook example of such badge (practically in mint condition - finding this one took plenty of time :whistle:)

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Sometimes you can find NCO badges with gilded reverse.

Like this one ;)

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1st class badge

There are many mini variation of this badge.

For example reverse of this badge can be

a) copper colored

b) silvered

c) gilded

Let`s start with copper.

A nice cased example

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Please note interesting discoloration ("silverization" :whistle:) of golden rim

Edited by JapanX

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Reverse

Note the form of kanji on reverse (it is practically impossible to find two badges in 1st or 2nd class with identical kanji ;))

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Another cased badge with copper colored reverse

Note this sprayed silver on helmet - most likely modern work of some "renovator"

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Uncased example of 1st class with copper reverse (note stamp differences)

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Another 1st class with copper reverse - and we can find differences ...

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Very interesting variation of 1st class

Note different look of helmet ;)

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