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#1 Bruno

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 10:53 AM

Hello,

 

Anybody know what the katakana usually found a little above the serial number on the mune means?

 

So far I have seen WA and SA. 

 

Thank you

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 02:45 PM

Bruno,

As far as I know, no one really knows what the serial number is for at all, so the reason for the katakana isn't known either, I'm afraid. Someone, maybe it was Ohmura, tentatively called it a contract number, but it was speculation.

I always assumed the one on mine was the number 10, but now that you've raised the question, I wonder. Do you read these? If so, what is mine, it's neither of the ones you showed:

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 03:14 PM

Bruno 594

 

Yours 184


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 03:26 PM

My best guess is production batch like gun serial numbers.


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 04:02 PM

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Yours 184


Stephen, we mean the kanji above the number. Any idea?

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 05:01 PM

Morita sama showed us just a week or so ago, Wa


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 07:59 PM

Stephen, we mean the kanji above the number. Any idea?

 

Your photo is blurry but yours looks like the katakana "NA"


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 08:02 PM

I think they used several katakana like SA (my first picture), WA (my second picture) and also maybe NA for Bruce's one.

 

Maybe Morita sama can confirm...


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:47 AM

Bruno,

I was re-reading the Ohmura page for another thread and noticed that he has a nakago with "Hi 226" listed (the one on the right of the 3 depicted). For some reason, he doesn't show a picture of it, it's just listed in the text below the picture of the nakago.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 03:10 AM

Also, you got me curious about katakana and I found a chart. Isn't this one of yours "Fu" rather than "Wa"? The wa should have a 3 stroke, and yours looks like 2 stroke?

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 10:58 PM

Yes maybe FU rather than WA, can't see very well. At the end I think they are just part of the serial.assemble number. 

 

I know one can determine when the blade was made just with this serial number. 


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