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  1. Hi Mark, Can I reassure you that you’ve done pretty well with your first purchase: you’ve bought a sword that’s in polish, probably not shortened significantly from its original length (the paper suggests 73.3cm if the online converter works) and with papers to a well respected smith. The trick here is to “decode” the papers - there are a number of examples of unsigned blades on line with papers simply saying “Daido” attributed to the first generation by respected sellers. So this, and the length of the blade (a little longer than standard for the Edo period) are good signs that it’s muromachi guy rather than later. If it helps, Also, if you bought from a reputable dealer there’s a better than average chance that their judgement, made with the blade in hand, is good. The loss of reputation wouldn’t be worth misrepresenting the blade. Once more, we’ll done on your first buy.
  2. Hi Bruce, could it be a number “1” that has been struck out of alignment so it looks shorter than the other?
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    Yes, that’s it. I should have copied the link.
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    The first kanji reads Tatsu or Ryu it’s the complicated form of the kanji for “dragon”. Sorry can’t copy it across as I can’t work my phone. me too Pietro - keep chipping away at it, it does get easier - sometimes.
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    You’re right with Masayoshi saku kore. Not sure about the first kanji. Something about the tang is ringing alarm bells for me - may be a Chinese copy... but here’s a thread about a Ryu Masayoshi. Might be one for the Gunto guys.
  6. Doesn't look like a great example but I'd hesitate to dismiss it as a fake. The inlaid water droplets (and that some are missing) suggest a level of care over and above that found in most fakes which would simply be a cast copy.
  7. Hi Bruce, I don't recall seeing a kokuin/ kao hot-stamp on a blade before the shin shinto period but I'm struggling to think of examples - it's the era of Taikai Naotane that I'm thinking about but in this game as soon as you say it's definitely anything a contradicting example pops up. Also I remember reading that (and I may have this wrong) Inoue Shinkai and another smith used to put a couple of marks on the nakago jiri to subtly differentiate their blades from potential copies and so the idea of adding an additional identifying mark on the tang potentially comes from earlier than that. Edit: Was overlooking other carvings such as Aoi mon and the like. Had a quick flick through Markus Sesko's Shinshinto meikan, Kanzan Sato's Shinto Oshigata Dictionary and Shinto Bengi Oshigata. The earliest example of a carved Kao was on a Suishinshi Masahide blade from 1788 and the earliest hot-stamped kokuin I spotted was on another of his blades from 1798. Not definitive, but hopefully indicative. As regards this example, is it possible that this is a middling quality blade? The mei doesn't look like the normal nakirishi made signature so presumably the smith did it himself or it least it was done with greater care and added his seal to it so, in terms of the attention it got at that stage of manufacture, it's potentially a step or two up from the machine made blades as presumably there is something about the way it was made that sets it aside from those. It's a bit of a generalisation but typically a longer the signature and more information being provided on the tang point towards more love and care being put into the blade by the smith and, therefore, something superior to standard manufacture. That said, in this case we can presume that it did not tick all of the boxes to be considered fully traditionally made so it got the Seki stamp. To the OP, is there anything about the blade that would indicate non-mass produced manufacture? Water quenching, folded blade...or something about the fittings that might mean they were a custom order to go with the blade or at least that they were non-standard?
  8. Hi Jeff, Sorry, didn't quite get it all (see below). I'm not sure how much sword terminology you know, so sorry if I'm teaching you to suck eggs. From the right: 末加州 - Sue Kashu - late Kashu, Kashu being the province of Kaga (not sure what this equates to in terms of time period but presumably shinto or later). 地鉄: 板目肌 - Ji tetsu: Itame hada. 刃文: 互の目乱 - Hamon: Gunome midare (some subtelty here that I may be missing, but I think that is correct). (Next line - I'm struggling with the size of the print in the heading but it refers to the blade shape, in this case): 本造刀 - Hon zukuri katana (same as shinogi zukuri) 彫物: 表裏腰樋 - Horimono: Omote, ura koshibi - there's a groove on both sides of the blade (I think) starting closest to the tang but not running full length of the blade. There are a couple of other kanji here referring to carvings but I can't identify them, however, presumably you'll have an idea of what's on your blade, if not post a picture and I'm sure you'll get some help.
  9. Hizen kuni ju nin Kunihiro. Kunihiro, a person living in the province of Hizen.
  10. Hi Gilles, For some reason the messager is taking a while to fire up at the moment. I have one but it's a little shorter than that at 8.4 cm (approx.). It's signed Nobukuni - I understand that there was a line of smiths in Chikuzen in the shinto period who were makers of fukuro yari and it may be one of these. The blade is in good condition with no kizu but it's in a "clean" polish which makes the hamon and hada hard to appreciate. It's mounted with a gold lacquer and horsehair saya but unfortunately the pole was cut by a previous owner. I've tried to upload a couple of photos but the files are too big - if you think it might be of interest please PM me an email address when the messager is working and I'll send over some photographs. Best, John
  11. Hi David, Whatever is showing in the original picture doesn't appear to be there in this one so I wonder if it was a bit of the fabric used on the sword stand? Anyway, looks like you're good to go.
  12. Hi Gilles, What are you looking for in terms of nagasa?
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