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Thread: Mei help, 1943 Kai-Gunto please!

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    Mei help, 1943 Kai-Gunto please!

    Just got a gorgeous Kai-gunto! Date reads 1943, but I need help with the mei. Clear Seki stamp but not arsenal stamp. Is that normal?

    Odd thing about the end of the nakago, seems crudely chopped off!

    http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/p...sr3xbvg6s.jpeg
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    Bruce -

    Can't seem to get your pics to load, just keeps buffering and buffering?? I have this trouble with all photobucket links.

    Rich

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    Bruce,
    The mei reads: Naga Shige
    Or so I presume, though it looks like whoever chiseled it was dyslexic. The top part of Naga is backwards.

    Not sure what you mean regarding the stamp, it is a typical Seki arsenal stamp, indicating non traditionally made sword.

    Can't say what possessed them to leave the nakago in that unfinished state. Maybe, under the gun, in a rush to complete an order, ???

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    Based on Ed's observations, I would suspect an end of the war sword.
    Rich

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    Thanks guys! It never occurred to me that the anchor stamps are only on the stainless blades. I knew Seki was a manufacturer, but didn't realize they were an Arsenal. Still much to learn!
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    Check NMB, I stand corrected. It is Yoshishige. I knew the naga looked odd, but did not recall that variant of Yoshi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich S View Post
    Bruce -

    Can't seem to get your pics to load, just keeps buffering and buffering?? I have this trouble with all photobucket links.

    Rich
    Here's the pics:
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    Looks to me to be a pretty standard Kai-gunto made in Seki. I don't see an arsenal stamp in the pics, but the "chippy" style of the mei is a common sign of a Seki blade.
    Rich

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