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Hello NMB

 

I recently acquired this katana. I can see that there is a Showa stamp at the top of the tang. Was hoping this community could help me translate the rest. Thanks Eric

 

FYI. There is only writing on one side.

 

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A bit hard to see for my old eyes but I think it is signed by Kaneyoshi.

I think your tang is signed MiNo Ju KaneYoshi Saku  (Resident of Mino, Kaneyoshi made (this)).

there were two of this name that I am aware of - both working in Seki.

Yoshida Kaneyoshi started as Seki smith 8 Oct 1939

Matsuhara (also Matsubara) Kaneyoshi started at seki 11 Nov 1941

 

Not sure which is yours...

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2 hours ago, george trotter said:

A bit hard to see for my old eyes but I think it is signed by Kaneyoshi.

I think your tang is signed MiNo Ju KaneYoshi Saku  (Resident of Mino, Kaneyoshi made (this)).

there were two of this name that I am aware of - both working in Seki.

Yoshida Kaneyoshi started as Seki smith 8 Oct 1939

Matsuhara (also Matsubara) Kaneyoshi started at seki 11 Nov 1941

 

Not sure which is yours...

Thanks George

 

This help a lot. 

 

Do you know where I can do more digging on the Seki?

 

I feel I might be going down a rabbit hole.

-Eric

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Eric

As George read “Mino ju Kaneyoshi saku”  and this one is Matsubara Shozo Kaneyoshi.  Born Taisho 10 (1921 Jan 20).  He was a student of Watanabe Kanenaga and the younger brother of Nakata Kanehide.  He later became a Naval swordsmith.  Summary and examples in Naval Swordsmiths Part 2, in the NMB Downloads.   With a Sho/sakura stamp is an early war Showato.

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You guys have been a great help. 

 

Here is a full pic. It is my assumption that the fittings are not original. Am I correct? 

 

Also, does it make sense to have it restored?

 

Thanks again

-Eric

 

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Dear Eric.

 

The fittings are not standard WWll ones but it is not that uncommon to find swords in simple civilian mounts with the addition of a hanger for use in the war.  Your sword might have had a leather combat cover over the saya.  Personally I would leave them as they are.  

 

All the best.

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