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  1. I'll stick my neck out to be shot down. The nakago looks fairly new and it lacks details expected of a Japanese sword, and it's unsigned. I would guess Chinese made. I would steer clear of this one. Hoanh
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    Wakizashi help please

    Mark, I like your sword a lot - nice shape, nice nie. On the one hand, the mei and the placement of the nakago ana seem right. On the other hand, as Geraint pointed out, the age seems off. The nakago jiri seems off as well. The workmanship doesn’t match yasuhiro’s Ishido style, either. So, I am leaning on gimei. Again, regardless of the mei, it is a nice sword. Hoanh
  3. Aaron, Does the sword have an independent appraisal, e.g., NBTHK or NTHK? Is it signed? When I hear descriptions such as Nambokucho, ubu nakago, 71 cm, available for $3.5k CAD, negotiable, all kinds of red flags go up. I would approach this sword cautiously and with a hefty dose of skepticism. Hoanh
  4. Julius, I have been happy with John Tirado’s work. I can PM you his contact info if you wish. He is based out of Pennsylvania. Hoanh
  5. https://www.nihonto.com/11-3-17/ Hoanh
  6. Julius, “Restoration” is not a one-stop shop. Each craftsman specializes in one area. Also, it’s not a cheap proposition. For example, if you want to polish the sword, I would recommend sending it off to have new shirasaya made (~$400 for a wakizashi, ~6 months lead time). Then, send it off to have it polished by a properly trained polisher (~$100/inch, ~18 months lead time). By the time all said and done, you are looking at 2 years and $2k-$3k. You might want to hold off on any restoration and do a bit of reading to figure out what you really want to do. Hoanh
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    Another Sword Rescue !

    Dave, IMHO, it's a nice package. Of what little I can see on this out-of-polish blade, there are some nice hataraki. Hoanh
  8. From what I see, it has zero chance of being a Inoue Shinkai tanto. Age-wise, I would guess no earlier than Edo. Value-wise, it's hard to say. Rough guess, under $1000. More close up pictures, especially without the habaki, will help to narrow things down a little. Hoanh
  9. The first book that comes to mind: The Connoisseur's Book of Japanese Swords by Nagayama. Hoanh
  10. Nate, It all depends on condition, CGO: $100-$200 FGO: $350-$550 The lower-end can be pretty beat up. Hoanh
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    named Japanese blade

    Jussi, I am so dang impressed with your memory. That was over 1.5 years ago!!! Hoanh
  12. Below is the thread on stamps on military swords. It's a wealth of information. Hoanh http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/5999-arsenal-stamps/
  13. JP, Thank you for the valuable info. That's quite interesting! Hoanh
  14. My guess is that there would be no stamp found. I have not seen an undated stamped sword. It's just a little weird that the yasurime seems so prominent to the point of overwhelming the mei. Otherwise, the mei seems well-chiseled. Besides the condition issue (e.g., pitting), I don't see a red flag. Hoanh
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