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  1. Not much life left here. Frustrating to help...

    Not much life left here. Frustrating to help people with so much false information and bad recommendations allowed.

    The one on the left is a date, not a signature. The other side may be signed,...
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    Based solely on these two poor photos, I would...

    Based solely on these two poor photos, I would say there is a high probability they are modern replicas. This forum has all but died out as it allows so little bandwidth for photos that translation...
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    You would likely do better on NMB. There are a...

    You would likely do better on NMB. There are a lot of guys there who can read it. The biggest factor is that they allow more bandwidth for much larger photos than here on SFI.

    I have asked about...
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    Possible for sure. The photo is so bad I did not...

    Possible for sure. The photo is so bad I did not want to guess.
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    Really need to see the entire nakago (tang)

    Really need to see the entire nakago (tang)
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    Perhaps but without seeing photos of the entire...

    Perhaps but without seeing photos of the entire blade it is impossible to reasonably judge the condition. From what is shown, we don't know that the entire kissaki is not snapped off, could be major...
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    Is that 41" overall length or nagasa? You need...

    Is that 41" overall length or nagasa? You need to show a photo of the entire tang or nakago.

    Tachi/Katana is determined by how it is mounted. This looks to be a katana.

    I could have flipped...
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    A photo of the signature which was in-focus and...

    A photo of the signature which was in-focus and oriented correctly would benefit your inquiry greatly. The photos you posted are upside down and and blurry. Cropping wouldn't hurt either.
  9. Thread: NCO sword??

    by Ed M
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    Just had a chance to look at this. Your sword is...

    Just had a chance to look at this. Your sword is signed Sawada Kanemitsu. The photos are so small and so poor it is virtually impossible to say more.

    There was a Taisho era smith with this...
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    Shame you couldn't bring home the whole package....

    Shame you couldn't bring home the whole package.

    What you have is Koshirae with tsunagi. The ensuite package which houses the blade is called Koshirae. A filler blade whether wood or metal like...
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    I made a typo, it is spelled Ikkanshi, two k's. ...

    I made a typo, it is spelled Ikkanshi, two k's. There is a lot of information on this smith, he is the nidai or 2nd generation Tadatsuna, an Osaka Shinto Smith who worked 1688-1704. If this...
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    Signed, Ikanshi Tadatsuna. 一竿子忠綱

    Signed, Ikanshi Tadatsuna. 一竿子忠綱
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    I appreciate the effort to enlarge the photo, it...

    I appreciate the effort to enlarge the photo, it did help.

    Still think Toshimitsu, though again that is simply my best guess. Sorry, I could not provide anything more definitive.
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    My best guess is Toshimitsu 俊光. Is it text book...

    My best guess is Toshimitsu 俊光. Is it text book perfect, no. However these WWII era blades are known to be oddly cut in so many examples.

    If you have Slough's look at pg 33 example B. It is...
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    Brrr, I could have waited :-) I like the tiger...

    Brrr, I could have waited :-)

    I like the tiger / leopard menuki. Nothing fancy or valuable but a nice motif. The patination has been lost on the high spots (copper colored areas), but will...
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    any photos of the fuchi ?

    any photos of the fuchi ?
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    Jim, Your tsuba is signed "Soheishi Nyudo Soten...

    Jim,
    Your tsuba is signed "Soheishi Nyudo Soten Sei Goshu Hikone Ju".

    Fuchi signed "Omori Teruhide (Kao)"

    Both are most likely gimei.

    Can't tell you anything about the sword.
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    I was intentionally blunt in hopes that you would...

    I was intentionally blunt in hopes that you would get the point ! The point that you need to educate yourself at least a wee bit.

    Your sword doesn't bother me as much as your comments that the...
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    Wow ! This post/sword should be made into a...

    Wow ! This post/sword should be made into a sticky. It is a prime example of why wanna be collectors should buy books and study instead of throwing away their money.

    I don't know what you paid...
  20. Thread: Japanese Sword

    by Ed M
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    The photo of the mei is so small, it is nearly...

    The photo of the mei is so small, it is nearly impossible to see good enough to form much of an opinion.

    The mei looks a bit crudely cut and the placement seems a bit off. They were very...
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    Yes, at this point, I would not advise sending it...

    Yes, at this point, I would not advise sending it to shinsa, unlikely it is worth it. My intention was to let you know that is the best way to get a professional opinion of who the maker may be in...
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    Leen, Unfortunately, the photos do not add...

    Leen,
    Unfortunately, the photos do not add anything to assist in any further information.




    Don't if you mean "owner" or maker. Finding information about the owner (Japanese) will be...
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    If the tsuka has not been off since WW II then it...

    If the tsuka has not been off since WW II then it may require a bit more encouragement to come off. Once the mekugi peg is out completely, wrap an old towel around the blade. Hold the blade wrapped...
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    Sir, are you tapping the mekugi peg in the...

    Sir, are you tapping the mekugi peg in the correct direction ? One side of the peg should be larger than the other and of course it would be driven towards the larger side. The general rule is...
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    Seki Noshu Ju Nagamitsu.

    Seki Noshu Ju Nagamitsu.
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