My name is Wouter and i currently live and work form the Czech Republic.
I have studied Japanology and always dreamed of possessing a "katana".
Last week I risked my first buy and discovered your forum.
Before bothering you with my questions, I would like to thank every contributor to this forum. The information I have found so far has been extremely useful and only augmented my fascination.
Please do forgive my lack of knowledge and making this new topic so long.
These are my questions:
1. I discovered that the exact same gunto I currently possess has been described here. Please do refer to that site for the pictures of blade, tang and fittings.
Yes, the year is incorrect, since Showa 17 is 1942, not 43 as written on that site.
They are however correct when saying that the previous owner has "destroyed" the polish and making it impossible to "read" the blade (IE determine if it is gendaito). The Hamon is dead and only visible in 2 spots.
I have discovered that there are 3 stamps on the Mune. A Mei, or Nagoya arsenal inspection stamp and a Ho inspection stamp. these are followed by a stamped number 1. This number matches with the tsuba and spacers.
There is however no star stamp on the tang, but there are nowhere any arsenal stamps (apart from the inspection stamps).
Since the date on this gunto is Sho 17, being the year when the star stamp system got implemented, does this mean that it is not a gendaito?
Now I have found this "Gendaito", which is almost exactly the same, including the arsenal inspection stamps on the mune. They describe it as hand forged.
This brings me to question 2:
The gunto is signed "Seki-Ju Kanetomo".
The seller from whom i bought the gunto assigned the signature to Ryūminsai Kanetomo (born as Kiribuchi Mataishi). I found out both are listed as members of the Rikugun Jumei Tosho, but Ryuminsai (KAN2550) is from Gunma, while Seki refers to the city in Mino province, Gifu prefecture. There is about 300 km between both prefectures?