Morita Sama, Thank you very much for your translation assistance. You are "The Man" !!!
Grev, thanks for your attempt, I was aware that was a kao, but should have stated that to avoid confusion.
It was the "Han" and "Nobu" characters which were killing me. I don't know that I would have ever figured out those two. They had me doing the old
I thought the tsuba had a Choshu feel, but couldn't pin point it.
It is a nice little tsuba, unusual in that it depicts a crab with the orchid. Have seen many with either, but this is the first one I have seen with this pairing. Only downside is it has a little of the patination rubbed off on a few high spots. Nothing major, but still.
Here is a photo if anyone is interested:
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