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#1 Viking

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:43 PM

All,

I have been asked to assist a museum research assistant in identifying a WWII Gunto katana. Based on the overall look of this katana it looks like a special piece. However, this is a small museum, with no knowledge of Japanese swords.

The Gunto mounts are finely crafted, with some lotus blossom decorations. The mei is finely crafted and well defined (see image). I would appreciate any translation or help in identifying this sword.

I have asked for overall pictures, please let me know if any other motive would be of help.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:54 PM

lots info on the smith

 

http://www.japaneses...ex.com/naga.htm


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#3 Brian

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:55 PM

Hi (name?)
I believe this will answer all of your questions.
http://www.japaneses...ex.com/naga.htm

 

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:55 PM

Haha. Snap Stephen :laughing:


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#5 Viking

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 10:27 PM

That was incredibly fast! :-) Thank you so much.

Could you give a translation for me to forward? What would be the approximate time of manufacture, and its cultural value (not monetary, it’s on permanent exhibit in a museum in Aberdeen)?

Thanks,
Geir (sorry for forgetting name!)

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 10:41 PM

Hello Geir,

 

Take a look at the article that the gents posted. That will answer all of your questions.

Hint #1, the mei on your sword matches example "f" in the article.

Hint #2, its just a name - there is no deeper meaning other than signifying the name of the person who produced (or the person who oversaw production of) this sword.  


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Posted 18 September 2018 - 11:16 PM

Hi Geir, what you have is a relic from the war in the Pacific, WW2. So no real cultural value, but of some value to a collector of WW2 swords.  


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Posted 19 September 2018 - 12:24 PM

Hi,

I really appreciate people taking the time to reply. For your interest I’m adding a couple more pictures of the blade shape - I may have a complete shot next week.

This sword was indeed taken from a Japanese officer by a British soldier at the end of WWII. Thanks for your help in identifying it!

Do not hesitate to post any followup questions or comments.

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