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Showa/gunto mei translation

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Hello,

Please help me with this mei. Transliteration would be enough, any additional info on the tosho would of course be greatly appreciated.

This blade is in gunto koshirae, although there does not appear to be any armory seal. Maybe 'gendaito'?

 

Thank you!

 

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Ouch. Sorry about that. The problem is I don't have a better picture yet, the sword is still on its way... will try to update then, if necessary, but it's going to take a while. I was hoping to research the author in the meantime.

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Removed Showa stamp, looks like. Maybe NOT gendaito?

Maybe. There's apparently no yokote, but cannot tell now if it's how it was made or if it was ruined by a bad polish. I've seen several Seki, Manchurian steel swords that omitted a yokote. Not sure I've ever seen a gendaito shaped like this. But I'm not big on gunto, so...

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Noshu Seki Ju UjiHiro saku kore

Thank you, Tom!

 

The only Ujihiro I have references for is from Hizen Tadayoshi school (1600's), nothing to do with this.

Can someone recommend some index or source for showa/gunto  swordsmiths?

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Shigehiro, I think

茂廣

 

But I can't find any Shigehiro either. 

Thank you, Steve! No Shigehiro in Seki, that I can find.

 

Now, Seki saw a LOT of swordsmiths come through, not sure if there is a comprehensive list. Tosho aside, Seki made only Manchurian steel swords, right? No actual tamahagane pieces came from there? Maybe I should stop whishfully looking for a Gendai Tosho here  =)

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Aha. ALWAYS count on Markus Sesko to know:

Shigehiro, Showa (1926-1989), Gifu. Civilian name Ido Yusaku, born October 16, 1916, worked as a gunto smith.

 

A showato it is, then.

 

Thank you all for your great help!

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Well, the jury is still out on this because the Ido Yusaku mentioned by Markus uses a different kanji set for "Shigehiro". 

Ido Yusaku used 重弘 (Shigehiro). So we're still stuck looking for the identity of 茂廣 (Shigehiro). 

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Jean Paul,

I am no expert in this field but I am not sure that this is correct.

 

.....Seki made only Manchurian steel swords, right?.....

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