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Can anyone help me understand what kind of sword I have a family friend sold it to me. He owns a place in Japan and got it straight from there so its guaranteed made in Japan but is traditionally made one or not.

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 Well it's not a gunto, which is a military sword, but it is mounted as a Katana. If it is Japanese made then by law it has to be traditionally made any thing else would be an illegal weapon, but........

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Thank you for the response guys much appreciated. I know it's hard to really tell by pictures but I figured I'd just double check with people that know Nihonto's.

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11 hours ago, Dave R said:

 Well it's not a gunto, which is a military sword, but it is mounted as a Katana. If it is Japanese made then by law it has to be traditionally made any thing else would be an illegal weapon, but........

 

 Probably made as a traditional blade for a shin-gunto then, and since remounted in Buke-Zukuri mounts. Nice one to have. 

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This is my first time using NMB, really awesome to be able to talk with people who really see more then a piece of metal and understand it's a artistic masterpiece thanks again you guys for the replies I'll be back soon to show my Muromachi period katana that should be here any day now.

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Looks like a match to Showa smith.

Kanekado

Submitted by kazarena on Mon, 2007-05-14 19:13
兼門
☆  昭和︱ 岐阜県
Yoshida Kanekado
ID KAN1077
Name Kanekado
Province Gifu
Era Shōwa (1926-1989)
Active Period 1926-1989
Teacher Kaneaki
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Hawley 8 KAN1077 
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関住吉田兼門
seki ju yoshida kanekado (kokuin)

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On 11/19/2020 at 9:15 PM, Edward Mahle said:

Can anyone help me understand what kind of sword I have a family friend sold it to me. He owns a place in Japan and got it straight from there so its guaranteed made in Japan but is traditionally made one or not.

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Looks like a nice gendai-to. Can you show up detailed pictures of hamon and hada?

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Its ok Edward. I think the sword was rebuilt for Iaito or Tamashigiri with that koshirae. It looks nice on display.

In complete gunto mounts it would be more authentical.

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Well I appreciate the help figuring out what kind of sword it is and who made it. I think getting it back to gunto mounts would be a good start way I look at it though it was still handmade in Japan and its still in fairly good condition has to be worth something.

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Edward i would look for a nice complete Gendaito to collect and not spent any money in rebuilt this sword. If you dont like it sell it further. Some martial arts practicer will be happy with that sword. It looks good.

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DONT waist any money changing things.

Keep it as history put it to where it is.

Save that money youd spend on it to another sword to what you want.

 

My .50 cents... inflation don't you see

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Yeah I think I might just sell this one or use it for cutting practice I still think it's beautiful it doesn't bother me to much that it's not traditionally made, I'm really into the Muromachi period swords and obviously Edo but who isn't into Edo swords hahah.

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I’m not entirely convinced it is a Showato. First, I don’t think the dark spots are that obvious in the picture, second, if it comes from Japan, it is illegal (okay, I know, laws are meant to be bent), finally, you don’t often see Showato with hi. However, true, the lack of Hada and the absence of activities point towards Showato.

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JP i go with you. The blade looks something we see from a well known seller on ebay. The signature is a little strange. But i think it is a good sword for practice. I'm not really convinced too that it is a real showa-to.

 

For the price. It is up to you what you asking for. The Koshirae looks new with older Habaki, Seppa and Tsuba.

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