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#1 Stephen V

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Posted 01 September 2018 - 01:31 AM

Hi

 

I have been asked by a friend for help in the translation on what looks to be an officer grade WW11 sword.

 

It appears that the tang has unfortunately been given a pretty hard scrub at some time.

 

There are also two stamps on the tang. The top one I think I have correctly identified as Seki but there appears to be a second diamond shaped stamp at the bottom that I cannot identify.

 

I have attached a photo of the inscription and any help would be appreciated.sword 36.jpg


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#2 Grey Doffin

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Posted 01 September 2018 - 03:24 AM

Noshu Seki no Ju Hatori Masahiro Saku.

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#3 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 01 September 2018 - 06:14 AM

Stephen,

You're right about the Seki stamp. Could you post a closeup of the diamond stamp. I've seen one on a Kuniyasu, but your's looks different.

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Posted 01 September 2018 - 06:22 AM

Or is it Masafusa?

                         Stephen C. USMC DEC 63 APR 73

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#5 Stephen V

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Posted 01 September 2018 - 06:30 AM

Bruce, sorry these are the only photos that my friend forwarded to me.

 

Grey and Stephen, I love the tic tack you get on this forum bouncing thoughts off each other.

 

Oh and the sword hilt has an attached blue/brown lieutenant/captain grade tassel that looks to be in pretty good condition as well.

 

Thanks for the input, I only have nihonto books here to refer to.


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Posted 01 September 2018 - 07:59 AM

with the hatori i think Grey is right


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                         Stephen C. USMC DEC 63 APR 73

There just isn't any pleasing some people. The trick is to stop trying.

                                                                     -Robert Mitchum-


#7 cisco-san

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Posted 03 September 2018 - 04:01 PM

from Markus book:

MASAHIRO (正弘), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Gifu – “Masahiro” (正弘), real name Hattori Kazuichi (服部一市), born July 30th 1907, he worked as guntō smith


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#8 Stephen V

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Posted 04 September 2018 - 05:27 AM

Thank you everyone above. 

 

Info greatly appreciated.

 

Cheers


Stephen





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