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Hi everyone,


I was rummaging on the the internet earlier today and found this mei on a long tanto. There is a "mum" crest on the other side of the tang. Are they legit and if so what does the "mum" imply?






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Hi Khalid,

The mei is Tango no Kami Fujiwara Kanemichi and on the reverse Kiku Ichi. It is a real Japanese sword but that doesn't mean the signature isn't a forgery; may or may not be. Tango no Kami means Lord of Tango, which is an honorary title. Fujiwara is a clan name and Kanemichi is the smith's name.

The kiku is the imperial crest and ichi means the # 1. Not sure if any old smith could use the kiku or if permission had to be granted.

Pictures of the rest of the long tanto would tell us more. Tanto don't usually have shinogi (the ridge line). If the sugata is shinogi zukuri (with ridge and yokote markig the kissaki), this may be the end of a broken sword with a forged signature.


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Hi Grey and everyone,

Here's a few more pictures of the tanto. The cutting edge is about 12.5 inches in length and the total length is about 18 inches. I hope this helps.



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