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#1 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 08:46 AM

Hope someone can tell us what this says! It's on the nakago mune of a Kanemichi gunto. The rest of the sword can be found here: http://www.militaria...-but-beautiful/

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 09:43 AM

和田護

Wada Mamoru

 

↑ My best guess. The Wada is obvious. The bottom name, not so much due to the balance being wrong for 護. Still, its the closest I could find without digging into the really obscure kanji.  

 

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 06:42 PM

Thanks Steve! Ever seen a name on the mune before? Think it's the actual smith's name?

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 07:33 PM

I believe this is meant to say that the sword is for the individual's protection. Same concept for a mamori-gatana.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 02:26 AM

I've never seen a name on the tang's mune before. I believe it might have been the owner's name. Mamoru is a common first name for a male. This is assuming the kanji is indeed 護. I still have doubts, but in lieu of a more viable alternative I'll stick with it for now.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 03:04 AM

I've seen various types on inscriptions on a mune. One NMB member has a very beautiful gendai tanto by Yoshihara Kuniie with a mune inscription. Here is another example.

http://www.nihontocr...ai_Kinmichi.htm

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 03:33 AM

Interesting! That one is dated on the mune.

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 04:22 AM

Here's another example on Ed's site: http://yakiba.com/Tanto_Sadakazu.htm

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 12:42 PM

I have also seen a blade from SŌKAN (宗寛) with inscription on the mune some years ago - but can´t remember what it was...


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 01:59 AM

I'm not sure this is the Kuniie Ray mentioned, but this is the one in my collection. Terrific tanto, in my opinion. Nakago-mune shows the date of this special order tanto. I've also seen some nakago-mune signed by a polisher; that may have been on a sword dedicated to a shrine during celebration of there founding. Interesting sword that I handled decades ago but went elsewhere, to my regret.

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 02:06 AM

I'd love to see some pics of the blade Ron, if you'd be willing to share

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 02:14 AM

That's the one Ron :)

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 01:03 AM

Another example.

 

http://www.e-sword.j...u/1710-3010.htm


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 07:18 AM

Here's an odd one: Looks like the kanji "So" as in Soshu, or made by. Does "So" by its self mean "made"?

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 08:23 AM

Fuku

 

Couldn't tell you what it means in this context.


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 05:16 PM

Steve,

It's on a 1945 blade with a chippy Seki-style smith name of "Nagamitsu". It's a bit puzzling because it's clearly not the famous Nagamitsu (wrong "Naga" kanji), plus the Naga kanji is right for a Seki naga, but the only Seki Nagamitsu I can find even uses a different kanji. This naga is used in other smith names, but not in the Nagamitsu, as far a I can find.

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 06:38 PM

That's a well done nakago and not a seki one. It's "Chikugo ju Nagamitsu". Look for Endo Nagamitsu - that's who made this. If memory serves, he was a $1M yen smith and did decently at the wartime competitions.

Edit to add: He ranked Chuge Saku and was RJT
http://www.jp-sword....i/gendaito.html
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Posted 28 January 2017 - 12:43 AM

...which means the Fuku on the opposite side would probably be something scratched in by the owner. 福 (fuku) by itself means good luck. It is a common kanji, often used in last names or other pronouns.


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 06:46 PM

Interesting Kokura Arsenal stamps on a mune, both the Kokura "Ho" and Kokura First Arsenal "Ko."


 Army Arsenal Kokura Factory - Kokura Army Arsenal inspection mark: "Ko".
 "Ko" stamp is not discovered except for the following example. It seems that the inspection mark
 used the "To" commonly since most Tokyo Factories relocated to Kokura Factory.


 Army Arsenal Kokura First Factory inspection mark: "Ho"

Sorry, the Ko is above the Ho and fainter. Not a good view of it in this pic.

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