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#96533 10/14/2007 03:02 PM
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Gents,

I picked up a nice Japanese Cavalry Officer Sword at a local gun show this weekend. It is the Russo-Japanese War style made after 1886.

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#96534 10/14/2007 03:04 PM
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The sword has a plated machine made blade with a false Hamon along the edge. The sword is uncleaned and unmessed with and the blade is in very nice condition.

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#96535 10/14/2007 03:07 PM
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The interesting thing is that the grip is made of horn instead of sharkskin and the blade is peened at the pommel. The hilt retains a considerable amount of gilt.

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#96536 10/14/2007 03:08 PM
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Here is a veiw of the only marking found on the sword. Any idea of who the maker is?

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#96537 10/15/2007 02:38 AM
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A hard to find variant! Nice sword. Often overlooked or misidentified!

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Thanks Jareth. You are quite right about mis-identification. The seller also had a common company grade Army parade sword and he thought that this was simply a variation of the parade saber and had priced it $100 less than the more common sword. It made this one underpriced and the common sword overpriced, so it worked out well for me.

I have seen Toyoda maker markings on the underside of the guard but I am unfamiliar with the "YE" maker mark. Any ideas who this mark may represent?


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