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Posted By Thomas L. Buck

Hans Koga A good friend in the sword community recently received recognition by the Japanese government for his excellent work. 

Hans Koga (formerly Hans Igelström of Sweden) has been studying the restoration and preservation of Japanese swords since 2008. After moving to Japan in 2011, he studied at a Japanese sword studio in Tokyo before moving to Kumamoto Prefecture in 2015, where he learned the technique of Higo-koshirae. Today, he works as a koshirae craftsman devoted to both production and restoration. 

Read the complete story at JapanGov (The Japanese government's official web-based magazine - autumn2019/foj_hans.html).

Posted By Thomas L. Buck

Wang Sword 01 Recently, we were given this sword... initially I believed it was simply a pre-WWII Chinese officer's sword that was made in Japan... But after some help from a friend who is a Chinese military historian, it turns out that this sword was gifted to a member of the KMT (Kou Ming Tang - Chinese Nationalist Party) by a Chinese politician named Wang Zhaoming (林文傑 - the name engraved on the first side of the blade), with wishes of "deep wisdom and profound courage " (engraved on the opposite side of the blade.

Wang Jingwei (Wang Ching-wei; 4 May 1883 – 10 November 1944), born as Wang Zhaoming (Wang Chao-ming), but widely known by his pen name "Jingwei", was a Chinese politician. He was initially a member of the left wing of the Kuomintang (KMT), leading a government in Wuhan in opposition to the right-wing government in Nanjing, but later became increasingly anti-communist after his efforts to collaborate with the Chinese Communist Party ended in political failure. His political orientation veered sharply to the right later in his career after he collaborated with the Japanese.

Wang Wang was a close associate of Sun Yat-sen for the last twenty years of Sun's life. After Sun's death in 1925 Wang engaged in a political struggle with Chiang Kai-shek for control over the Kuomintang, but lost. Wang remained inside the Kuomintang, but continued to have disagreements with Chiang until the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937, after which he accepted an invitation from the Japanese Empire to form a Japanese-supported collaborationist government in Nanjing. Wang served as the head of state for this Japanese puppet government until he died, shortly before the end of World War II. Although he is still regarded as an important contributor in the Xinhai Revolution, his collaboration with Imperial Japan is a subject of academic debate, and the typical narratives often regard him as a traitor in the War of Resistance.

This is a very interesting addition to our collect, if you have any further information in regards to the history of this sword, please share.  See the pictures below...Wang Sword 02
Wang Sword 02

Wang Sword 04




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