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would love some help with identifying this katana and when and where was it made

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i recently bought this katana, its pretty beaten looking and also looks like the handle got re wrapped or something as its a bit weird looking im not to sure if its real, honestly i dont really know how old it is im guessing 1500 due to shape, but not to sure would love some help with identifying who made it and when thanks.

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You would do better to remove the habaki and post a picture the sugata (whole naked blade). From the looks of it it looks like a cut down shinshinto blade. So probably newer than 1500s. Im def no expert so I could be off.

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4 hours ago, Shugyosha said:

Try something like WD40 to see if that will loosen it. 

yeah ok thanks i will give it a try 

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On 2/20/2021 at 3:26 PM, bcoleman said:

ok thank just the habaki seems to be stuck on by rust 

 

 If the habaki is stuck by rust, then it REALLY needs to come off.

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The chunk taken out of the ha bothers me. If it goes completely through the hamon, it's a hagire, & kills the blade. Late Muromachi, early Shinto.

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Dear Ken.

 

Given what we can see of the hamon, which is not much, I would agree that the chip is a serious worry.  Not hagire though, surely?

 

 

All the best.

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I've been back and forward over this sword for quite some time.  This certainly isn't Daimyo stuff, but has a sort of "reserved dignity" about it.  Stretching my neck out here - does anybody think the saya could conceivably be 17th century lacquer????  Possibly the original koshirae for a Shinto blade??  The tsuba looks like the lacquer and the tsuka, simple and old.  The handle binding is in an unusual style but appears undisturbed and old.  I think the blade is Shinto, but that chip is a real killer.  I would have a window put in it.   Just thinking out loud - swish???

 

 

BaZZa.

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There’s an interesting gunome hamon going on in the last photo. Don’t think the chip goes through the hamon but there won’t be a lot left if it is taken out and the geometry will be wrecked. 

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Throw away opinion....suriage Muromachi sword, Mino, chipped ha unlikely to be economically removed.

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hi thank you all, just to mention the blade cutting edge is 120cm long, which is quiet a long blade, also i feel like the curve needs to be shown better as its was at a tiny angle there,

 

 

 

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On 2/27/2021 at 3:42 AM, Ken-Hawaii said:

The chunk taken out of the ha bothers me. If it goes completely through the hamon, it's a hagire, & kills the blade. Late Muromachi, early Shinto.

its dosent go through the hamon it like 0.3 mm, so its not a dead blade

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Well, that depends on if a togishi can restore the blade... such a deep chip may completely change the geometry or it may require such a large amount of the steel skin on the flat of the blade to be removed, making the blade 'tired' - where core steel is visible.

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