- Nov 20, 2004
I have a feeling the date was possibly added on the production line after the plate was fixed to the frame which could account for the partial stamping on the curved surface and haphazard way it was done.It looks as if the factory stamper ( which is a job I would have loved for about an hour) did a poor job of stamping 1972 APR. The Japanese would have sent him out back to contemplate his family’s honor.
It is just a date stamp. Why not just overstamp the '0' with '9', the second 'P' with 'R' and add the 'A'?I ordered another fresh plate and will try again.
After all, if it's too neat and tidy then it doesn't look authentic!