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#1 lanceoa

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 05:01 PM

New here. Father has been storing these upwards of 20+ yrs. 4 in the military category, 3 swords and a dagger. He wanted me to sell them for him, but I might’ve just caught the bug, these things are, among other things, historical and beautiful. The only thing I could find was that I have a Seki stamp on one. Thx!

Note: I posted the bottom wakizashi in the translation category.

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#2 raymondsinger

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 05:14 PM

Welcome to the discussion board. There appear to be a number of fingerprints on one of the swords. Please see below for a guide to care and maintenance.

 

http://www.nbthk-ab.org/Etiquette.htm

 

All of three of the swords whose mei (signatures) you have shared are WWII-era and may to be Showa-to (not traditionally made). The wakizashi and second sword with a dragonfly on the fuchi appear to be older and may be worth a deeper look.


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#3 Geraint

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 05:25 PM

Dear Lance.

 

What Ray said plus !.  First off, slow down and go carefully.  Fingerprints on swords quickly turn to rust and ruin things.  These are already in need of some restoration but you might have some interesting things there.

 

You certainly have three Shingunto that were carried in WWII, a naval dirk and two civilian wakizashi.  The wakizashi with the black lacquer looks as though it was a good thing, nmow in need of some restoration, the one at the top also looks interesting so go slow and take advice.

 

That's a fascinating gun case to have opened and you have found some interesting things.

 

Enjoy.

 

All the best.


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#4 tokashikibob

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 01:13 AM

Lance, take a look at the dirk,  it is rare but a few of them had traditionally made blades


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#5 lanceoa

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 01:44 AM

dirk?

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#6 Brian

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 02:34 PM

In the pic with the rifle case, there is a dirk


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#7 lanceoa

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 03:19 PM

Ah the dirk!

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#8 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 04:33 PM

Very nice one!!! Sharkskin upgraded saya cover.

Brian, seems to have a hamon - think it's more than the standard blade?
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Posted 06 April 2018 - 07:02 PM

I suspect (but just a good guess) that the blade is traditionally forged. Think I see a yokote too.


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#10 lanceoa

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 07:56 PM

Thanks for weighing in everyone. Weekend chores now include a tissue wipe down with a dab of machine oil for the whole lot, separating wipe down on the blade and doing a separate nakago wipe.

The dagger tang had a bit of rust on it, but didn’t see any signature with my quick glance.
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Posted 07 April 2018 - 02:44 AM

Looks more like a good quality oil tempered blade from Meiji period. You have some nice swords, you're wise not to sell them.


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