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#1 zanzobar

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 04:55 PM

The first kanji is confusing me. ______mitsu. Help!

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#2 raymondsinger

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 05:01 PM

Mei is 雷光. Not sure of the reading, Raimitsu? By itself, I believe 雷 is read kaminari (ie. thunder).



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Posted 26 October 2018 - 05:34 PM

Thank you, Ray. Rai would be an unusual name prefix. To explore for a moment--even though the second character looks very clearly to be 'mitsu'--could the second character be also a noun instead of mitsu? ...to form a named sword? Just a thought.

Or perhaps, if truly 'Raimitsu', an unlisted smith? Or, even though I agree with Ray that the character appears to be rai, if one considers the possibility of poor handwriting, is this character close to any other possibilities?

Thank you again, Ray. Your help is always apppreciated!


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#4 raymondsinger

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 09:05 PM

雷光 also translates to raikou (lightning).



#5 zanzobar

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 09:55 PM

That's it then! Thanks Ray. Yeah, like you said, raimitsu does not make sense as a swordsmith's name.

Thanks again, Ray!!



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#6 vajo

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Posted 27 October 2018 - 12:13 PM

Matt that looks really like a named sword. Interesting, could you tell us more about it?



#7 zanzobar

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Posted 28 October 2018 - 03:10 AM

Yes, I can.  I decided to put this sword up at auction on eBay.  Here is the link:

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/113331988601

 

 

The sword is an o-tanto.  As mentioned, this sword was named by its maker 'Raikou'--or 'Lightning'.  So interesting!  As all of us know, yes there are named swords out there--but as uncommon as they are, we need to pay attention when we see one.  

 

 

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Posted 28 October 2018 - 11:24 PM

Any kind discount for NMB members?
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Posted 29 October 2018 - 01:30 AM

Any donation to NMB for free translation advice not acknowledged in the ebay advt??? 

 

Also, IMHO this sword with a yokote is a ko wakizashi not an O-tanto...

 

BaZZa.


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#10 zanzobar

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Posted 29 October 2018 - 04:30 AM

Sure Stephen. How about on these 9 sword auctions (I added another tonight), how about free shipping within the U.S., and half price shipping to overseas NMB members!



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#11 zanzobar

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 06:37 PM

The named sword discussed in this thread is up at auction in my eBay Store, St. Croix Blades.  This auction ENDS TUESDAY NIGHT.

 

We all know named swords are something to pay attention to--place a bid to see if yours wins the auction!  Here is the link:

 

https://www.ebay.com...=p2045573.m1684

 

 

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