A friend showed me a sword this weekend that I hope will be of interest to some on the NMB.. It is a blade that rather looks like a Japanese parade sword. It has a habaki and a kesho hamon, BUT it is generally cruder than comparable Japanese swords. It also has what I read as a Plum blossom in a sprigs of grass on the back strap. I suppose that it may be Manchukoan, but I do not see a comparable koshirae in Dawson's book - - and I note that he says that " Plum Blossoms" are common on Chinese swords.
Any expert reactions?
PS. Yes Yes, I see that my image is slight out of focus. Please be assured that this thing didn' look very good in real life! Oh, and that gunto laying on the table in the background was a vert ordinary Seki blade.
And a week ago I was in Tampa!