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 Post subject: My First Inscription
 Post Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:30 am 
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Hi guys, I have just aquired a Japanese Sword and would love to know more about it. I did some research on it at work today but let my research book and note book at work by accident so cant tell you what I have come up with yet sorry. Then again, everything I came up with could well be wrong as I am the first to admit I have little knowledge on Japanese Militaria or Swords. I came to the conclusion it has a Civilian Tsuba but with a Military Blade? It has a black painted number which I thought would be Military? I thought It was a Naval Officers Sword? Sorry I cant remember what I found to be the closest Hamon? I would appreaciate any info you could share and look forward to hearing back.


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 Post subject: Re: My First Inscription
 Post Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:36 am 
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Sorry, I just had a thought that I shouldnt post pictures other than the inscription so sorry if that is the case? Thought it may help with ID though :)


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 Post subject: Re: My First Inscription
 Post Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:15 pm 
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N^Z -
Welcome aboard - please post as many pictures as you like the more the better actually as it is all material for learning. Your first pic is of the date - I will give you that much of a hint - please do post a pic of the other side and what should be the signature - I think with a basic reference like Yumoto's The Samurai Sword you could easily owrk this out on your own. Doing this kind of research is part of the pleasure.

If you simply cannot figure out by your self let us know and we shall be happy to read it for you. If you post overall pics of the blade and the koshirae they could be helpful identifying the type blade we are looking at - though it is clearly a katana from can be seen...
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 Post subject: Re: My First Inscription
 Post Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:43 pm 
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Honestly, please supply any info you can. I have been researching this for about a week and managed to come up with not a lot.... Sorry, in my hurry to get the pics on before bed last night I missed the other side Inscription.
I am definately working on my translations but finding it hard to get my head around it. I have looked through hundreds of Characters but just cant find anything similar? Many thanks for your reply so far. Regards T


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 Post subject: Re: My First Inscription
 Post Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:48 am 
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A few more pics. I ordered the book you suggested today. I have "Military Swords of Japan" By Richard Fuller and Ron Gregory and have done some reserch online but I look forward to getting Yumoto's book.


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 Post subject: Re: My First Inscription
 Post Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:53 am 
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I haven't removed the leather yet sorry. I dont want to rush into anything.


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 Post subject: Re: My First Inscription
 Post Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:39 pm 
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Dont remove the leather cover, there is no need and this will likely cause damage. Does not look to be a Naval Officers sword, rather a mixed bag of civillian and military bits. Perhaps some civil servant or a late war variant. Fuller is the place to look for examples.

You may not need Yumoto to figure this one out. Rather than feed you the answer I will give you a hint and let you have one more go. Seriously, research is it's own reward and this one should be fairly simple. Your blade looks to have been made in Seki and that is where I would look for hints as to your maker.

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 Post subject: Re: My First Inscription
 Post Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:37 pm 
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Check out 兼氏 John


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 Post subject: Re: My First Inscription
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:01 am 
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I hope I havent come across as not being interested in research, and I oppologise if I did..... I have been a collector of Weapons and Militaria for 35 years with an interest in WW2, Malaya/Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam/American war and I thrive on research but I have just been struggling with Kangi :(
Anyway, what I have come up with for this Katana is as follows...
Smith = Kane-uji
Forge/Area/Assembly depot = Seki
Produced = 10th Month 17th Year of Showa period = 1942?
Hamon = (I do not expect this to be correct at all as this is a study in its self) Maybe Gunome?
I also found half of the Army Acceptance Mark.

How did I do? I look forward to your critique.
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 Post subject: Re: My First Inscription
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:45 pm 
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You did very well. A WW II Showato. John


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