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#1 tokashikibob

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 11:10 PM

Gents,   Ran up the Interstate to pick up sword 2178 today.   A Army engineer named Munston brought it back in 45.   I did not notice initially but there seems to be one character left on the nakago.   Or maybe not?   After consulting some references I thought maybe SA.   Anyone else have a opinion?

 

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#2 SwordGuyJoe

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 03:11 AM

The mei looks like Sa to my eyes.

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 05:19 AM

Soooo - "2178" means that you've bought that many swords over the years?!?!

#4 tokashikibob

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 02:00 AM

Soooo - "2178" means that you've bought that many swords over the years?!?!

Bruce, Nah I wouldn't wish buying that many on anyone. ,  That's the armory number on both sides of the nakago.   The silver kamon on the tsuka and koto blade made me go up and get it otherwise I am on a Japanese sword buying sabbatical.


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#5 tokashikibob

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 02:00 AM

The mei looks like Sa to my eyes.

Thanks Joe!


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#6 PNSSHOGUN

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 08:01 AM

Can we get more photos of the blade please? Family mon on the kashira is always a good sign.


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Posted 23 June 2017 - 12:49 AM

John,  Here is a pic of the kamon and of the blade.   The kamon does not show up in my books or from my online search. Anyone have a family name to go with the officer who carried this? 

 

  Blade is in good shape,  cut down tachi,  no nicks in blade edge.   Desperately needs a polish.   Looks like a tight itame / mokome with crisp nioi guchi line.    If it ever is decreed to be a real Sa blade then drinks on me at the show.

 

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 12:09 PM

Yep, that's a family name inlay. Try the translation section if nobody here can decipher it.

 

High grade mounts seem to hold better quality blades more often than not. Could be a good candidate to get a window opened up.


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