AWG-101, GA-150A, GA-1000, GA-1100, GWG-1000GB
GD-X6900FTR, GD-X6900JC, GD-X6930E
GW-9400SRJ, GW-9402KJ, GAX-100X
Thanks for sharing
Not all Guntos were patterned after traditional Katanas. The Kyu-Guntos which were first used during the Russian Japanese war were western patterns where the hilts were designed to be two handed. Later in Manchuria and WW2 this same pattern was used, mostly by the IJA but also by the other military branches and even the Japanese police and occupation forces, but designed as traditional western one handed hilts. The traditional styled Guntos were used also. Both by commissioned and non commissioned officers, both in parade dress and field dress. Some, but only a very small number of the standard issue traditional Katana styled swords were re-bladed by individuals with traditional katana blades, usually of the individuals familial origin.
The specific translation of wording of the Japanese determination of status of ALL Guntos was "NOT swords". This had nothing to do with the homogeneous steel blade, or their generally shoddy wartime construction, but with the fact that the VAST majority of field used Guntos were captured as war trophies.
That way the Japanese would not have to recognize the capture of Japanese symbols of rank during WAR. I respect the Japanese, but they are what they are, and it is objective and provable fact that to this day Yasukuni and their history books do not accept any national responsibility for their part in the "disagreements" of the 20th century.
$30K for an authentic , historical patterned steel Katana et. al. is cheap. Blades by famous historical makers and/or bushi/owners are orders of magnitudes higher.
Last edited by SteveJ; 3 Days Ago at 05:12. Reason: factual accuracy
Ok sword thing over, I promise I don't start with Gundam as well.. :P :P :P
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OK, since we are still talking about swords...this is my pattern welded steel Lombardic sword:
It is patterned after the only original one I had the opportunity to touch and measure with my own hands, 7th century. Although the lamination technique of western swords was slightly different from what the Japanese developed more recently there are remarkable similarities...in Germanic swords the inner part of the blade is composed by larger layers of low and high carbon steel, that can be clearly seen:
For the cutting edges the lamination is the same as for Katanas.
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