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BTW, he was a retired USAF navigator who spent time in Okinawa during and after Vietnam. I gather some of his Japanese artifacts were acquired then.

 

This sword almost appears to have two hamon.  The butt end of the tang appears to have additional metal scarf welded onto it.

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15 minutes ago, MichaelZWilliamson said:

Forged when? And is the mei correct?

~17th century, Shinto

 

Need close up of mei and pictures of rest of blade for us to give opinion on legit or not

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I'm back from a lengthy trip. Sorry for the delay. Here's more pictures.  I can't get a good image of the hamon.  I understand how to do it. I've had 100% failure on getting any image that shows anything.  I'm sorry. There is no combination of light source and skill here that will yield one.
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Two members here have called dibs on this one.  Mor information is appreciated. I see additional material scarf welded to the tang behind the mei.

 

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