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Howdy. It seems like it's been years. Oh yeah, it has. Just thought I'd touch base with youse guys. Sold off most of the collection, trying to save my marriage. Didn't work, imagine that. However. I'm still kicking and off on a grand adventure. My brother and I have a gun/antiques/militaria/oddity shop... in the Pineville Louisiana area. We have every stuff. If we don't have it, we can get it. If we can't get it, we'll build it. Also licensed for Class III items. I'm still collecting, but in different directions. Still have some Japanese, and have added some juicy items.
 

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Hi Trench,
good to see/hear you're back
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Trench, great to hear from ya and welcome back. Need to catch up with.
 

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Welcome home Trenchy! :thumbsup:
 

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Welcome back Trenchy! Hope to hear from you often. Great photos!
Stay single, like me ;) You'll be happier
 

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Thanks guys. Good to be back. Will post more pics of the shop later. We have over 4000 sq ft of awesomeness.
 

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Hey, Trench,

A question about a couple of the short (waki) D-guards in the top photo. Are they police swords? We just had a discussion on NMB about a short D-guard, but it had ground-off sakura blossoms. Can't see the emblems on yours.
 

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They are all Police blades. All have five petal sakura, and or Police badges. Also, all have sharpened edges, and are weapons, not just for show. The "katana" is actually referred to as a Tachi, according to Jim Dawson. Carried toward the end of the war.
 

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Ok, thanks!

That canvas saya cover is pretty rare, and yours is immaculate! Nice piece! The model is a Type 98 Japanese Officer sword. They were all "tachi", meaning they were carried with the cutting edge down. Katana were carried cutting edge up. The question of "late-war" would be better determined by the tang, if there's a date there. If no date, sometimes there will be inspector stamps that can indicate a date range. Have any pictures? I could take a look.
 

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This is not a standard Type 98. It was fitted out as a police sword. The fuchi bears the police badge. The blade is older, but not signed or dated. Probably early Edo. The saya cover I found on Ebay, back when I still trusted it. Later I found the army issue shoe laces to tie it on with.
 
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