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Greetings friends,
can you please help me with the translation of Saidan Mei?
Thank you very much for the advice.

 

Jiri

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三ツ胴重裁断之

Mitsudō kasane saidan kore
貞享五年戊辰十月十三日 鵣飼十郎衛尉義真

Jōkyō go nen tsutinoetatsu jūgatsu jūsan-nichi Ukai Jūrōe-no-jō Yoshizane

 

Three body cutting test

1688, October 13th. Ukai Jūrōe-no-jō Yoshizane

 

Presumably this is Ukai Juroemon who is a well-known tester. I don't know why his name is missing one of the kanji here (門). 

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On 9/17/2020 at 4:36 PM, SteveM said:

三ツ胴重裁断之

Ok, I believe it would be the smith's kao, too, but on this blade, the kao follows the cutting text ending in "Yoshizane", so seems confusing to me.  But it is a large kao, so maybe it simply wouldn't fit in the space following the "kore" of the smith's line of text.

 

One more question, if I may - the smith is Mitsudō kasane saidan?

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27 minutes ago, Bruce Pennington said:

Ok, I believe it would be the smith's kao, too, but on this blade, the kao follows the cutting text ending in "Yoshizane", so seems confusing to me.  But it is a large kao, so maybe it simply wouldn't fit in the space following the "kore" of the smith's line of text.

 

One more question, if I may - the smith is Mitsudō kasane saidan?

Ukai Jūrōe-no-jō Yoshizane - the Yoshizane is part of the name of the tester.

The kao is the circular loop glyph after Yoshizane

The mitsudo part just means the sword cut through three torsos/corpses

 

I can't see a smith mei on this side

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On 9/17/2020 at 3:28 PM, jelda44 said:

Saidan Mei

Thank you Matt!  I am completely unfamiliar with the testing topic.  Assuming there's no smith name on the other side, but simply the kao on this side, would it be normal practice to submit a blade, or some blades, for testing only, mumei?

 

Jiri,

Is there no mei on the other side?

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Mei is not nakago. According to kanteisho, NBTHK is the author of this blade of Kuniteru with Satsuma.

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Thanks Jiri, I'll add it to my Stamps Doc with it attributed to Kuniteru, but the plot thickens!  Reviewing my other kakihan (kao), I have another one at the end of a cutter's mei, who's name is Yamano Kanjūrō Hisahide.  Unfortunately, I don't recall where I found this, but the source said the kao was of the cutter.

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Looks like the loop is a kaō that belongs to the tester. I couldn't find any other samples of this tester's work, so I can't say with conviction, but yes it looks like it should be Yoshizane's kaō

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