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Help on Translation for WWII Sword

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I own a sword that was passed down from my grandfather who brought it back to the United States after World War II.  This sword has lived in attics and garages for the last 50 years, and I am trying to learn more about its history and determine whether it might be something that is worth restoring.  If you could help me in any way with translating the signature, I would appreciate it.   I tried to get a closer picture of the first couple of symbols that don't show up well on the full signature shot.  

 

Thanks!

 

John

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Quite an old blade John!  Looks like it was outfitted for WWII with that saya (scabbard).  Could you give us a closer, and brighter picture of the end of the saya?  Seems quite unique.

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Thanks so much for the information. This is very helpful and opens up a whole new line of research. Thanks.

 

Bruce attached are pics of the saya. 

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Ah, ok.  The darkness of the first shot made it look odd, but now I see.  It's standard style for WWII leather covers.  Clearly has a story to tell, too bad we'll never know it!  Great gunto.

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