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#239428 02/13/2011 07:43 PM
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JamesT Offline OP
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Good day gentlemen

I picked up this Japanese map case recently and find some kanji script inside the flap. Pretty faded and worn now but I wondered if any fluent speakers might be able to help. I have been told that the larger kanji might be, left to right Iwaguchi Yoshikazu. Iwaguchi being the surname. What do you think? And what about the other script?

Anyone know any tricks for making the script stand out?

Many thanks for your help.

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Last edited by JamesT; 02/13/2011 07:45 PM.

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James,I know this will sound insane,But I actually have had a similar experience with a German PPK holster.The owners name was written on the inside of the holster flap.It was very faded and just beyond legible.I of course wanted to know the owners name for research potential.After weeks of magnifying glasses,Loupes,and squinting I finally got the bright Idea of calling the local police station and asking to talk to someone about forensics.A couple of days later I received a call from an officer who told me he would be happy to help.You can imagine how excited I was.On the big day we met at the police station and went downstairs to the lower floor where the lab was.It was dimlylit and filled with computers and microscopes as you would expect.The officer said he felt using an alternate light source would be our best bet.He proceeded to open a case filled with different colored glasses and the lighting device we each put on a matching set of glasses and he turned out the lights.Using the light source we examined the holster under different types of lighting and different glasses but had no luck.I thanked him for taking the time to help me and appreciated the learning experience.We were both disappointed we were unsuccessful.
I met with my Father for lunch and as he often liked to do we went by one of the gun shops he frequented.He asked me to bring the pistol in to show his friend so I obliged.After examining the pistol he commented "looks like the owner wrote his name in the holster"I told him about my disappointing results in my attempts to decipher the name.I saw him turn.. in my mind reaching for another worthless magnifying glass or loupe.I froze in horror as I watched him squirt lighter fluid from a can all over the inside of the holster flap!I felt instantly sick to my stomach and apparently he enjoyed the expression on my face as he was smiling sadistically.As he handed my lighter fluid saturated holster back to me, he said with that same twisted smile"Walter Urfal"and my jaw hit the floor.There clear as day was the owners name and as I watched it slowly faded back to its original state.After about a half an hour I couldn't tell anything had ever happened to the holster.I am not trying to encourage you to do this because I cannot guarantee the outcome which could possibly be damage etc.however,a test "Drop"on a small edge of a character would give a good indication.Be sure not to rub the area or wipe the area until the fluid has evaporated completely.Good luck with your project and keep us posted.Best wishes Geoff.

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I was sent to "a place" and learned different methods of reading things that weren't intended to be read. One method was typewriter fluid. Not saying to use it on your item. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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