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I saw this on Aoi Art this week and considering how much time we spend talking about fakes and all the incorrect assumptions about them, maybe it's covered in here. Would need an English translation. Maybe Grey has a copy?;

Katana no Gimei by Inutsuka & Fukunaga. 

https://www.aoijapan.com/book-katana-no-gimei/?fbclid=IwAR1JeuiVf2VY80WsGehqmT1vbMOjS5zYbM1K5XPdAdga-cTAO2Q_spUHwB0

 

 

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It would be interesting to attempt a classification of the various fakers and forgers of Mei out there.

 

For example, to get the ball rolling,

Unscrupulous merchants who work with untalented forgers who reckon that the presence of a Mei is better than none at all.

Unscrupulous forgers, who have no scruples, even if they have talent in choosing a suitable blade, and cutting a Mei in the correct style.

Scrupulous forgers who deliberately make one stroke 'wrong', to warn the wary but fool the unwary. 

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We could categorise these under the landmines umbrella - where's that BOOM! emoji...

 

BaZZa.

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