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Possible Ww2 Nihonto?


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Hi, there's a local man selling a purported "WW2 Japanese Sword" on craigslist and I was wondering what your thoughts are on it. Its beat to hell and almost everything about it looks wrong to me. The only thing that seems legitimate is the tang. Your thoughts are appreciated, thanks!

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Taylor,

this looks like a perfectly genuine KATANA, signed (and probably made) by KIYOMITSU. The mounting parts are not in good shape and the TSUBA is missing, but in case it is not expensive you could try to get it. But please consider that a restoration can not be made at home in your kitchen! If you are prepared to invest some money and you are really interested in NIHONTO, it may be a good start for a collection. 

The NAKAGO does not look like KAGA province, so it might be a later KIYOMITSU, but if it is not a WWII blade (which I cannot judge) it may still be a few hundred years old.  

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Taylor,

 

this looks like a perfectly genuine KATANA, signed (and probably made) by KIYOMITSU. The mounting parts are not in good shape and the TSUBA is missing, but in case it is not expensive you could try to get it. But please consider that a restoration can not be made at home in your kitchen! If you are prepared to invest some money and you are really interested in NIHONTO, it may be a good start for a collection. 

 

The NAKAGO does not look like KAGA province, so it might be a later KIYOMITSU, but if it is not a WWII blade (which I cannot judge) it may still be a few hundred years old.

Well, that's good news! I don't know how to clean a Katana but I know enough not to try. Thanks!

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My first thought was Kaga too, Ray, though it deviates a bit from this example.

https://www.aoijapan.net/wakizashi-kiyomitsu-kaga/

Thanks for the info! I bought it from the guy and I have a few questions. This will be my first nihonto that I personally own. I already read the NBTHK care and etiquette guide for taking care of it. I was wondering what resources you all use to learn about nihonto's and their history? Do you have any recommendations? I'm currently trying to read through ohmura-study.net. Thanks.

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