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#1 PietroParis

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 09:30 PM

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



#2 Grey Doffin

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 09:34 PM

This is most likely made after the war and sold to someone in the occupation who wanted a souvenir.  Grey


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#3 PietroParis

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 09:42 PM

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.

 

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#4 ROKUJURO

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 10:00 PM

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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#5 PietroParis

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 10:54 PM

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".



#6 SteveM

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 12:10 AM

If its a tanto, then the smith carved his name on the wrong part of the blade. 


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#7 ROKUJURO

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 01:55 AM

At first glance it looked to me like an O-KOGATANA (similar to https://www.aoijapan...-kogatanamumei/)., but when I found it on E-Bay, it is the typical tourist item as Grey described it above.


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