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#1 barnejp

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 02:42 AM

Hello Everyone,

 

I noticed a post some years ago and interested in members opinions now.

 

Are all nakago with a seki stamp manufactured or are some hand forged?

 

Thank you.

 

 


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#2 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 03:31 AM

Greg,

The answer is "yes." Ha! What the Seki stamp tells you is that the blade is "non-traditional." I've learned to never say never or always, but mostly, the stamp is found on blades made in such a manner that they are not considered traditionally made. The blade could be hand made, in the traditional fashion, but if the smith used non-Japanese steel, then it's classified as non-traditional. If the smith used hydraulic hammers to pound out the steel, it's non-traditional. There are 9 variations and all but 1 are classified as non-traditional.
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Posted 24 March 2017 - 04:52 AM

http://ryujinswords.com/shostamp.htm


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Posted 24 March 2017 - 03:04 PM

Hello:

 The reference referred to by Joe Pierre repeats the gross error that the Minatogawa kiku-sui is a "stamp". It is not, it is engraved and everyone is thus very slightly different.

 Arnold F.


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#5 seattle1

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 10:51 PM

Hello:

 Just to add what might not be obvious from the context of question and answer, the genuine Minatogawa swords are true Nihonto in every sense of the term, are rarer than Yasukuni swords for reasons both of less total production at that Shrine and the devastation of Japanese Naval forces for whom they were made. If you have one treasure it and if you haven't acquired Herman Wallinga's monograph on those swords, by all means do.

 Arnold F.






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