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Unknown sword tang with two holes

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I know nothing about this sword. I n fact I really know nothing about any of the swords that I have. My main interest is Japanese mixed metal work and the techniques used to create them. I have been a member of Ford's Following the Iron Brush for over a decade. Any information on this sword would be helpful. Thanks, Dick

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I believe the signature is 兼俊作 and the swordsmith Kanetoshi. I am not well versed in later smiths but Seskos Index lists two Shōwa period smiths. Based on the few signature examples I found from Japanese dealer sites I would lean more towards Murayama Kanetoshi.

 

Reference example: http://www.giheiya.com/shouhin_list/japanese_sword/iaiyoushinken/01-1430.html

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Dick your sword is a textbook example of civillian employee IJA. The tsuka is lovely. The fittings are well searched and enjoyed by many collectors.

 

I have linked your thread in the military thread where we discuss the bamboo fittings.

 

 

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Thank everyone for the information. What do you make of the tsuba. I am not quite sure if the design is intentional or random. The piece is iron. The saya has been painted with flat black paint. I wonder if it was covered with leather at one time.

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