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#1 Moxicity

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 05:35 PM

Hello-

 

Looking for help identifying this sword.  I figured out it is Kanesada made but also that there are 11 generations of Kenesada.  Can anyone help me with a general era or specific Kanesada?  Value?

 

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#2 raymondsinger

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 05:37 PM

Unfortunately this is a Chinese fake. Among the many other clues (including the way that the mei is carved vs. the way a mei is traditionally cut), note that the sword has an S curve.

 

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#3 Moxicity

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 07:27 PM

I think it's just the photo.  The sword isn't an S curve.  And I would be very surprised if this were a fake considering where it came from.  Certainly unfortunate if it is.  I did find an interesting comparison of Kanesada Meis in which this one may fit on the link below.  I don't know when the Chinese began making fakes but if this were fake it would be the only one of the hundreds from a well known collection.  But it is what it is and I'll rely on the experts.mei.jpg

 

http://www.nihonto.ca/nosada/



#4 Moxicity

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 07:36 PM

Also, I found this similar sword that sold at auction a few years ago on icollector.com.  They claim it as authentic and i'm wondering who authenticates for them.

 

 

 

http://www.icollecto...-1600_i17116843



#5 raymondsinger

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 08:34 PM

I am very certain this is fake. As is the other example you shared from icollector.com.


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#6 Moxicity

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 10:06 PM

Ok, thanks!



#7 Dr Fox

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 10:51 PM

Check the nakago against any Japanese examples you care to look at.

The ito wrap on the tsuka all fold the same way, when they should alternate.

Stampings on the tsuba are not right.

And that habaki?

Show some close ups of the blade, and that can also be appraised.

But so far its not good.


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#8 DGARBUTT

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 01:06 PM

absolutely fake, not even close to authentic

 

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#9 raaay

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 03:34 PM

sorry 150% fake


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#10 Brian

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 07:37 PM

Afraid so.


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#11 Moxicity

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 05:58 PM

LOL.  My father always told me if 2 people tell you're sick, you better sit down.

 

Thank you everyone!







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