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I believe in the last picture to be an arsenal assembly number 898 and the third photo is a Seki stamp. I have contacted a couple Sword collectors and sellers and they can not tell me who the signature is.  I have looked for days and am at a total loss.  Can anyone help ?





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Must be this guy (from Jinsoo Kim's site)  


義助 (Yoshisuke), real name 島田類助 (Shimada Ruisuke)




Note the kanji for "shima" on the sword is a variant of the one shown on Dr. Kim's site. 嶋 vs. 島. I don't think this is significant in this case. I think the swordsmith is deliberately using the variant to recall the Shimada lineage of the past. I think this name with the numbers written on the tang make it clear this is a WW2 sword. 

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