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#1 LeonKr

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 06:18 PM

First topic in this Nihonto discussion forum.

 

Always interested in Japanese swords now that I have some more time I bought some starters books to learn

about the details.

Must admit that it is not easy to learn all the Japanese names.

Anyway,

 

I have this mu mei Wakizashi and would receive some information what it is.

Self not ready to identify this one.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

 

 

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#2 Surfson

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 10:22 PM

Looks like a shinto ubu one hole wakizashi that is in a good state of polish and has very nice steel (hada) and no visible flaws.  I'm sorry I can't tell you the school, but I like it.  Are you considering purchasing it?  


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#3 LeonKr

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 10:33 PM

 

 

Are you considering purchasing it?  

 

Not necessary, is in my possession.

 

As far as I can judge there are no flaws.



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Posted 15 July 2019 - 11:02 PM

Kanbun Shinto most probably. Very nice Hada. I wonder how such a beautiful piece can be mumei. It deserved to be signed.
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Posted 15 July 2019 - 11:32 PM

I have the feeling it has been suriage.


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Posted 16 July 2019 - 07:03 AM

Leon, what are the dimensions? Almost looks like a tanto. And can you tell if the mekugiana are drilled or chiseled?


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#7 Rivkin

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 07:09 AM

Nice!

Kambun Shinto could be a good guess based on sugata. I would consider someone like Kawachi no kami Motoyuki. His hamon tends not to be as strongly Soshu styled or frankly as good as better ones by go-dai Tsunahiro, but sometimes he did his hada quite well, with lots of large mokume not completely unlike what is seen here.

 

There could also be a small chance this is actually shinshinto with an unusual shape for the period. But they were more inclined to experiment with hada like this one compared to Kambun smiths.

 

Personal and almost certainly erroneous guess.

 

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#8 LeonKr

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 05:08 PM

Thanks for your answers so far.

 

Nakago+tôshin = 51cm

Mekugiana is chiseled.

 

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 03:39 AM

When you give dimensions, Leon, please list hacho separately from total length.

 

The chiseled ana almost always points towards Koto, but I'm not convinced, because it looks more recent.


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#10 Alex A

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:41 AM

Nice blade, especially as a starter, mumei really has a way of getting you more involved. :laughing:

 

Some interesting features, seems a decent amount of clues.


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#11 LeonKr

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:44 PM

Nagasa  38cm

Nakago 13cm

 

So the blade still wil be a mystery.

 

 

 

 I wonder how such a beautiful piece can be mumei. It deserved to be signed.

 

Therefore it has a very nice koshirae probably edo.

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#12 Surfson

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 09:01 PM

Very nice!!  


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