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Old 01-29-2010, 02:49 AM   #1
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I'm new to this forum and am enjoying the discussions I've read so far. I have a friend who has a WW2 Japanese sword that his brother brought back from a battlefield in the Phillipines during WW2. I believe it's whats referred to as a Samouri (I'm sure I spelled that wrong) sword. It has some Japanese writing under the hand grip. He was wondering where he could send some pictures of the writing to get it translated. Thanks for the help.

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Old 01-29-2010, 03:37 AM   #2
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Many of the Officer swords from the war were family heirlooms and very old and valuable. NCO swords were mainly manufactured for the war. Please be very careful with his sword until he can determine if it is a family pass down or war manufacture. I don’t know where you can get it authenticated.

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Generally, the makers name would be what your seeing under the handle. I'm assuming this has been disassembled.

Be very, very careful.

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If you post the pictures here, I may be able to translate.

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Thanks for all the replies. I don't know if he has access to a digital camera, if not it might be a while before I can get to him and take some pictures of it to post on here. He did say last night that there were 2 small pegs, possibley made of bambo, that had to taken out of the handle to remove the handle. I've seen the sword 40 years ago and I remember it as about 4' long and if perfect condition, but it that was a long time ago. He also told me that a few years ago he had a friend that had some knowledge of swords help him take handle off and he said it was all correct, but could not translate the lettering.

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The pegs get a little looser each time you take it apart, so tell him not to do that too much.

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