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#1 EdWolf

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 07:27 PM

Hi to all,

Today I have found a friend for my Japanese navy sword.

It’s an army sword. The scabbard is painted with a dark brown paint. Not the more greenish paint color normally found. The paint looks original. The scabbard is not in the best condition. There is a big dent. The reason why I bought this sword is because of the blade. I think it’s an old blade and modified to fit the army handle and scabbard. The tang has two holes and the tang is signed. Unfortunately, the signature is hard to read. Especially for an untrained eye. Maybe you guys can help.

Hope you all like this sword.

Regards,

Ed

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 07:28 PM

and some more pictures.

Regards, Ed

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 07:37 PM

I'll say: Bishu Osafune NoriMitsu
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Posted 26 February 2017 - 07:38 PM

Hi Ed.

 

I think I can see Bishu Osafune Morimitsu.  Nice find, the dark brown is pretty common.

 

 

 

All the best

 

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#5 vajo

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 07:42 PM

Old one. Good buy.

Its a waki think.


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#6 Jean

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 07:55 PM

Geraint,

I think it is Nori and not Mori:

則 Nori
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#7 EdWolf

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 08:06 PM

Thanks for all the fast replies. Blade length 64 cm.
I try to find more information about the sword smith.
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Posted 26 February 2017 - 08:23 PM

Jean you are quite right, Norimitsu is what I intended to type, should have checked. :bang:


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Posted 27 February 2017 - 07:29 PM

Hello Ed,
Nice sword.....To me the dent adds to it's character. I have owned swords with a similar dent in the saya and wonder if the dent is caused by railway carriage doors ? Many German dress daggers have dents and these have long been attributed to rail carriage doors....!
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Posted 27 February 2017 - 08:56 PM

Hello Paul,

Thanks for your reply. I had never heard about the dents caused by railway carriage doors. It’s a nice story. I agree, the dent adds character to the sword.

I recently bought ‘The connoisseurs book of Japanese swords’. Reading this book makes me convince to buy the sword. I’m now trying to determine the age of the sword. This is difficult for a novice like me. My best guess is around 1500. Maybe I’m totally wrong ;-) I must learn a lot.

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 09:55 PM

Hello Ed,
With that pitted,blackened nakago and nice lines looks like a good koto blade...For a fighting sword 64cm is a nice length so the blade should be nicely balanced...Well done,nice find...
Regards,
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Posted 27 February 2017 - 10:20 PM

Hello Paul,

Thanks. It’s indeed a nice balanced blade. I think the first two kanji characters of the date are ‘Kakitsu’ (= 1441).

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Ed


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