Hello, my name is Al. I like Japanese WW2 swords and unfortunately confused when I am getting something older. Nagasa is 631 mm. ( 24.84" ) It will be great if someone can help me with two questions: is it Tachi or Katana? ( I am confused because the mei placement shows Katana on one side and Tachi on the other ) and approximately the age of the blade. Thank you and best regards to everyone. Al.
Tachi Or Katana
Posted 30 July 2017 - 05:58 PM
The signature is on the side that would be visible when the sword is worn with the edge upward so, it's a katana if it's long enough.
The inscription on the other side is the date...unfortunately neither are very clear to me but I can make out "Bishu Osafune" on the signature side. I'd guess sue bizen so pre 1600 but probably not pre 1500 if the date tallies . It looks like it's machi okuri and probably started life as a katana for single handed use (katate uchi) but the cutting edge was shortened so that it could take a longer grip for two handed use later on.
Maybe someone with better eyes can help with filling in the blanks on the date and signature.
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Posted 30 July 2017 - 06:06 PM
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Posted 30 July 2017 - 07:59 PM
OK, I see , I mistaken the date for the signature.. Thank you everyone for a very useful information and links. Very best regards. Al.
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