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Having found a very interesting katana at an antique show this past weekend led me to this article below on the smith by Markus. It's pretty wonderful to be able to learn so much about a swordsmith's life and career, and greatly enrichens the experience of studying his work. 

 

https://markussesko.com/2013/05/13/from-the-life-of-fujieda-taro-teruyoshi/

 

 

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That's an interesting sword Ray.  It was made after 1861 (I don't know the numerical value of the kanji used), so it is interesting to me that it has what look like two separate sword strikes, suggesting that it was put to use in battle.  I wonder if it was used in one of the uprisings such as the Boshin war or Satsuma rebellion.  

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Ray, very interesting especially the kirikomi on the mune of the blade. Good chance this was used in an uprising or rebellion like Robert stated. The kirikomi looks definitely like it’s been there for a long time with original polish. Fascinating. Thank you

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Indeed, it is interesting to think these kirikomi might have been from one of those two conflicts. This is a case where it is very clear that the damage is from a real sword strike (vs. dings to the mune which are described as kirikomi, but may have a more mundane origin). There are three kirikomi on the mune and several small hakobore on the edge as well, so it seems clear that this sword has been through a fight. 

 

As for the date, yes as said above this is Bunkyo gannen and the date coincides with the birth of his first child as documented in Markus article.

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On 2/7/2022 at 10:26 PM, Utopianarian said:

My brother found this photo somewhere prob at some antique shop I would guess. Looks like a katana in the pic

 

Fairly certain this this photo is from China during the 1912 revolution.

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