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A recent thread made me think of this post. Maybe later, a sticky? As most of us know. the edged weapon market (and all others) is being flooded with reproductions. Some have been around for decades. Most are very easy to spot. Some, only easy for the more advanced student. Some, on the other hand, are very difficult. The first rule is, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Rule number two, don't buy from dealers in China. Thought I would start with a couple, that have recently emerged on the scene. Copies of Chinese Nationalist daggers have shown up in the last few weeks. Just the other night, I saw my first Japanese Naval dagger. Both are pretty good. Especially the Chinese, cuz they're pretty cheesey anyway. Japanese NCO swords are rampant. They range from the crappiest crap, to some very convincing examples. I'll try to scratch up some photos. In closing, we need to stay away from posting detailed info, on how to spot the fakes. That can be done via PM, or email. The fakers are watching, always watching. They don't need any help from us.