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Hello,

 

I came across this forum while looking for information on Japanese swords, having recently been gifted what I understand to be a WWII-era sword. I have very little information about it beyond a few pictures (and I am not actually in posession of it yet), so I was hoping that the members here might be able to offer some help figuring out who made it. There is a signature, which I'm fairly certain says "Seki ju Fujiwara Kane-?? saku", but that one last kanji has me completely stumped. There is also a stamp just below the habaki (Showa?). A picture of the nakago is attached here, along with a couple more images of the blade that that were sent to me.

 

I thank you for any help you can provide.

 

Kind regards,

Etienne

 

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Thank you for the response, Bruce, very much appreciated. I don't think there is anything written on the other side, but I can already ask to get that confirmed. I will get back to you.

 

Just out of curiosity, would there be any particular reason to sign Fujiwara Kanenao instead of Ishihara Kanenao, or does that matter at all?

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Fujiwara is a name that has historical, aristrocratic connotations, and so people of importance often claim descendency from the Fujiwara clan.

It is very common on swords, but even historical figures, like IeyasuTokugawa, claimed connections to the Fujiwara clan as it gave authority and legitimacy to their administration.  

 

It doesn't add or detract from the sword. In this case, its just way of signing a name. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fujiwara_clan

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Thank you Steve, good to know. I guess I was hoping that might say something, like roughly when the sword was made - especially since I have now confirmed that there is no additional writing on the other side of the nakago.

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Hello again,

 

If I could ask your help once more, my brother was also gifted a sword at the same time I was - would you be able to help with this one as well? It has what looks like a Seki stamp on the nakago.

 

Thanks,

Etienne

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Bruce Pennington said:

Hopefully a someone will get this for you, but I'm leaning toward

敏光 (Toshimitsu)

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The mei style is different, but seems to be the same name.  During the war, there were often more than one guy using the same name.

 Bruce

It's 備前國赤崎住俊光作(今泉俊光)not 敏光

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9 minutes ago, Bruce Pennington said:

I thought about that, but the Japanese sword index.com spells it with 敏光 (Toshimitsu) So it didn’t look right.

Yes, it's a little confusing, Both 俊光and敏光 pronouncing Toshimitsu.

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On 1/2/2021 at 8:35 AM, ELK said:

Hello again,

 

If I could ask your help once more, my brother was also gifted a sword at the same time I was - would you be able to help with this one as well? It has what looks like a Seki stamp on the nakago.

 

Thanks,

Etienne

 

 

 

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It looks like 濃州住良光鍛之

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Thank you Bruce, Dave and Trystan. I really appreciate your help. Just to be clear, though, we are still talking about a "Toshimitsu", right?

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