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Is This A Chimata Stamp On The Nakago?

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#1 barnejp


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Posted 24 March 2017 - 01:55 AM

Hello Everyone,


Is this a Chimata stamp and is it uncommon not to have a signature inscription on the nakago? If it is uncommon, is it a good sign or a bad sign, generally speaking?


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#2 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 03:24 AM


That's a "Gi" of Gifu stamp. Gifu was a large region the Seki was in. According to Fuller & Gregory, he hasn't seen a Gifu stamp prior to 1943. As your's is undated, I'd use that as the earliest date, unless you find out something else.

I wasn't unusual for blades to go unsigned.
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