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  1. Wow thanks, I never would have worked that out.
  2. Hi Moriyama San, I am finding it difficult to see Fuji, number of strokes etc. You of course will be correct, but can you explain how the Mei kanji compares to the script.
  3. Tang colour photographs differently in different light.
  4. Mostly old blades, a Yasukuni, and Gendai. Will dig out more later.
  5. Dave, the only paint I have seen on original WW2 Tsuba, is the brick red colour. I think Ohmura's site also has pictures of the red paint on Gunto fittings. When intact, it looks quite beautiful.
  6. Tom, as stated before, I believe your sword is true to its Mei, and made for Mr Haruto, from Yasuki Steel at the Minatogawa Jinja. That still makes it an interesting blade. The issue is, was it originally in Shin Gunto mounts. As Mr Haruto didn't serve in the Army.
  7. Steve S, that tang you posted above is one of mine. Here are some more photos of the Koshirae with pierced Tsuba, and fairly rare, mint, painted wood Saya. No date, no stamps.
  8. Bruce, see does this WW2 advertisement help?
  9. Boogie (name?), if you go back to July 27, look for the thread on Help with ... Kunimori, you will get some good information.
  10. Nice! All the examples you show have the SUI, (the S) flowing water, open ended. Especially the Shrine and official Navy insignia. A minor detail I know, but maybe a guide to identifying poor reproductions?
  11. Bruce, all the kikusui mons you showed were carved on the nakago, not habaki, which is the subject of discussion. And show me where one has the "S" shaped sui which is closed at the ends. Anyone with Wallinga's book has seen these. Now show some of your habaki photos with a the kikusui mon that may add to the investigation. The sword being discussed doesn't have a mom on the nakago, where there can be a variation.
  12. Tom, you sure are right asking if a sword talk. Many swords made from Yasuki steel can't be told apart from Tamahagane. Thanks for the photos. By the way, I never insinuated blade was fake.
  13. Since seeing this sword, it got my investigative juices flowing. I think it could be an interesting special order sword. The following is speculation, but with some documented evidence. It was made in 1941 for Mr Haruto Kudo, a key metallurgist/engineer at the Yasuki Steel Production Co. At this juncture, early on in the war, Japan was gearing up to go to war with America. Yasuki were promoting their mill steel for use in sword making, and gave samples to various sword smiths for promotion and testing. Some oshigata promoting this steel is attached. So I speculate that Michimasa made this sword using Yasuki mill steel (not tamahagne) for Mr Haruto Kudo, probably at the time in Shira-Saya, as a promotional sample or a commissioned work. It is only logical that the chief of a steel company would have it made from his own steel.
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