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#1 Jay-how-209


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Posted 05 December 2016 - 07:20 AM

I acquired this Japanese item and im wandering exactly what kind of yari it is? Possible timeline of when it was made? And its value. I am open to offers as well. The only identifying marks are 5 notches in its tang.

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#2 Jay-how-209


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Posted 05 December 2016 - 07:26 AM

If anyone needs more pics email me at metalsmith13@hotmail.com. there seems to be a partial marking at the top of the tang that stands out once i examined it under my engraving scope.

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#3 chrstphr


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Posted 05 December 2016 - 10:13 AM

I think it is a Japanese arrowhead. Not a Yari. 



Here are other similar ones for example. 










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Posted 05 December 2016 - 11:10 AM

Hi Jason


  Your yari would usually be described as a makura yari or pillow yari, or as a kago yari or palanquin yari.  As with most things Japanese classification is not an exact science and it is quite possible to find small yari mounted as full sized polearms.  It is just possible that the mark in your third image is the character for Shimosaka, compare to the signature here, http://www.nihonto.u...SAKA SUYARI.htm.

Your yari would be Edo period, I can't pin it down to any more specific time.


Hope this helps.


All the best

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#5 Stefan


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Posted 05 December 2016 - 01:09 PM

It is a minature sankaku yari. Shinto-period.



#6 dominnimod


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Posted 05 December 2016 - 08:35 PM

I have seen similar markings on a waki and a tanto i owned. I asked a Japanese dealer and apparentely,they were made by tsukamakers when the blades were sent to get a koshirae, and they were working on a few blades at the same time. I guess that makes sense


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Posted 05 December 2016 - 08:58 PM


I think it is a KAGO YARI in SANKAKU (three sided) shape.

Please inform yourself about care and maintenance of Japanese arms. One important point is: Never touch a bare blade with your hands! 

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