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Just curious why you see more type 38's with untouched crest? My two 38's have their crest. Is it because the Type 38 might have been pulled from front line service? Thanks. Ed
Examples dispute that theory. There are plenty of mint unground examples that obviously never saw combat. They just, somehow, escaped the grinder. One thing about this hobby is that you can never generalize something like this.My feeling on that is that intact mums are battlefield captures and scrubbed mums are end of war surrenders. Even the Japanese rifles surrendered to China got scrubbed mums before surrender.
Of course there are always individual exceptions.