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    Japanese Officer's Sword markings ID Help

    Can anyone provide assistance in identifying the markings on this sword. This is the markings on the tang.
    Thanks in advance.






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    How about some complete pics?
    Regards, Jim

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    Nice honest looking officer's model.
    Regards, Jim

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    I'll take a crack at it. But really need better pics. Tang with most characters. "sho wa jyu hachi nen hachi gatsu" Sho wa- 1926, 10+8-year, 8 month. August 1943.
    The month/year really don't quite match our calendar. The other side looks like not enough characters.

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    I will try and get some better contract in the pictures.
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    Serendipitously I ran across the translation of the maker side. A smith named Sukemitsu (WWII era). Where the blade meets the tang should be a character that means this is a factory blade made under his supervision, not a hand made blade. Don't know if it is a type 98 or a type 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryS View Post
    A smith named Sukemitsu (WWII era).
    Looks like a match to me...
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