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Bizen Sword In Gunto Mounts


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Hello all, Been a while since I last posted but here are some more pictures of another sword in my collection. A Bizen sword I believe that was remounted during the war by a well to do officer. Let me know what you think, one point of note is that the back notch is extremely small; perhaps a few millimeters in height. 

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Thanks, I was glad the polish survived the journey. What kind of hataraki would you label it as? I am trying to find some way to identify the specific smith by style since the name is cut off... all that is left is the Bizen marks.

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Alright I tried my best to get some better pictures of the Hamon and some of the trouble spots where the yakiba gets close to the edge. I am wondering if it looks polished down and whether it is on its last life polish wise or if the distance between the edge and the untempered part of the blade is normal for its size (16 inch).

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The polish is pretty good there are just a few micro nicks on the edge and the tip is a bit rounded (about 1mm or so), so if any get bigger it is comforting to know I have a few polishes left to go as far as the future goes. 

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No worries in that regard I have no intention of polishing it in my lifetime (too many machined gunto to collect) but as the best in my collection I like to know what lifespan the blade has. Anyhow I am researching the hamon and am guessing Notare but I'm a beginner. Any thoughts on a time period and smith or smith style? The rest of the signature is cut off so are there other trademark identifiers on the blade itself that could help? Also there are small black spots on top of the yakiba, is this a form of nie? 

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No worries in that regard I have no intention of polishing it in my lifetime (too many machined gunto to collect) but as the best in my collection I like to know what lifespan the blade has. Anyhow I am researching the hamon and am guessing Notare but I'm a beginner. Any thoughts on a time period and smith or smith style? The rest of the signature is cut off so are there other trademark identifiers on the blade itself that could help? Also there are small black spots on top of the yakiba, is this a form of nie?

Yes probably nie. If they're large, ads nie is the term.

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