size of japanese army parade swords

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size of japanese army parade swords

Post by jeeplover » 19 Nov 2013 23:39

I have two Japanese army parade swords that are different in several ways length finish and material used to make them. I am 99.99999 percent positive they are both original was wanting to know why the differences .different mfg year made? any help would be nice. I was under the impression these were handed out or ordered for parades in that case thought they would all be one standard size. here are pictures of the differences.
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Re: size of japanese army parade swords

Post by jeeplover » 19 Nov 2013 23:42

here is the second sword
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Re: size of japanese army parade swords

Post by jeeplover » 19 Nov 2013 23:46

here are the two side by side. the first sword shown the grip appears to be wood or bone the grip in the second one appears to be celluloid any help will be nice thank you very much.
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Re: size of japanese army parade swords

Post by hisashi » 20 Nov 2013 16:28

As a personal belonging of each officer, IJA allowed officers to use swords as they liked, e.g. samurai sword from their ancestors. They only specified appearance; figuration on grip, scabbard etc. for company officers, field officers bra bra. So the length was not standardized. In some situation NCO and men were issued swords, and they were standardized more rigorously.

And IJA did not have any 'parade' sword. Sword of this type was mainly used for peacetime service and exercise. It was called as Shiki-To (commanding saber).
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Re: size of japanese army parade swords

Post by jeeplover » 20 Nov 2013 18:21

thank you very much . learn something new every day. as always tour information is a valuable source

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