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A lot of swords have suffered ‘cleaning’ from westerners who remove protective coatings in favor of shiny metal underneath. This is particularly prevalent in 98 and 95 where tsuba are polished to remove the brown glaze coating that was intended to protect the metal. This is stated in F&G and always stuck with me.

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Shamsy, this is why the price for a "uncleaned" Gunto is much higher than an "shiny" type. And if the Showa-to blade is not in good condition the price goes lower and lower. I learned that lesson. 

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Hi Erwin,

 

not much information about this smith available (from Markus book):

SUKENORI (祐則), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Gifu – “Sukenori” (祐則), real name Nagata Eiichi (永田栄一), born August 28th 1910, he worked as guntō smith

Thank you Klaus, that was sort of the what I found as well and thank you for the efforts.

Best regards

Erwin

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Dear all,

 

Thank you for the great discussion reading through all the responses. Interesting to see that a post without any intention triggers so many of you to write something which most of all shows your passion and knowledge. 

 

Appreciate all the thoughts and have a great day

 

Erwin

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Hello, new guy here, don't know why it took so long to find this spot.  I usually depend on my mentor but interested in more opinions.

I just got another Kai-Gunto that made me question the Seppa on both sides of the Tshuba and O seppa, because the color on finished side,  was not "gold" as much as a pale almost mustard yellow color.  Same piece on my other good but not as good sword, looks like most worn gold plated brass fittings do.  Only thing I can attribute it to is not seeing light for a long time.  The rest of the sword checks out .. al s/n matching, good file marks, etc.  Will post more side by side comparison picture, see one on left.  Just wondering.

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Thanks, my gut said it's fine but just not a color I have seen.  The rest of the piece is about as good as you could hope for and all numbered in right places.  Look forward to more post and research on this site on some other blades that I just haven't had the time... looking forward to retirement to do important stuff.  Look forward to getting to know more of you.

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I have a small collection of loose seppa and one of them is that same color.  The more you get into the hobby, the more variation you'll come across.

 

Do us all a favor and introduce us to some of your gunto!

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