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Weird "signature" on tanto

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Hi All,

 

This tanto signed "Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi" is currently on sale on eBay. The seller generally has nice stuff, but does not seem to be really specialized in blades

 

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Even to a novice like me, the signature looks weird: first of all, it's not where I would expect it to be (i.e., on the tang), and most importantly it has that "dashed" look. Could it perhaps have been added with a drill?

 

Cheers, Pietro

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Thanks for your answer Grey!

 

I had no doubt that the signature was spurious, but I was curious to figure out whether that "discontinuous" way of carving the lines can ever be considered legitimate, or it definitely means machine-made.

 

Cheers, Pietro

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The way the MEI is carried out is completely correct and done with a TAGANE, but as on many KOGATANA, I believe it is just an homage to the famous smith. 

It is probably of later date, but considering the condition of the NAKAGO not necessarily as late 20th century.  

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Thanks a lot Jean! It is clear that, for the foreseeable future, I should abstain from formulating judgements on anything nihonto-related... ;-)

 

Cheers, Pietro

 

P.S. the seller describes it as a tanto, not a kogatana. "Cutting edge length 147mm".

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