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This is the second of two that a family member brought back from Japan in 1950. He was in the military.  I would like to thank those who helped with the first one.  Now as you can see from the photos there are no (smith). Markings.  Is this unusual?  Any feedback appreciated!01D96CF0-B3A3-4034-AF1A-B426577D71EB.thumb.jpeg.9e95e4461505f67239746f7721ccf4b0.jpeg01D96CF0-B3A3-4034-AF1A-B426577D71EB.thumb.jpeg.9e95e4461505f67239746f7721ccf4b0.jpegC956822A-3782-45CD-9A9C-207833950935.thumb.jpeg.4d06328b53c03faf484799ba62fa20fa.jpeg675E9186-C9AC-45FF-B0B5-B2B755E77F6A.thumb.jpeg.52517d6b5a281602d2dbfa02b85a9ae7.jpeg982E4B58-9FA2-4B26-BAD6-E68D9360B4DC.thumb.jpeg.935135e9edef19bb9264fd83e4d7d927.jpegFF133D09-730B-4140-AFEF-17F3E618C22A.thumb.jpeg.2e3a9ac09738b60f87cd50fa0ec231aa.jpeg

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Nothing particularly unusual about an unsigned sword, many reasons and much speculation as to why. There are many on the board that will hopefully provide an estimate as to age of your sword. To my eye however, the sword appears to be at least Shinshinto era and possibly older. The kissaki is a bit longer than what could be considered Chu and possibly a bit short of O kissaki. It could be just the photo, but it looks as though it is Koshi-sori which could indicate older age. The Tsuka, Tsuba, Habaki, and Same' are very nice and upper grade.

 

Please acquire some high quality sewing machine oil and apply a light coat to the blade to prevent further rusting.

 

Saya ??

 

Dave M.

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Scott, excellent advice from Stephen with the Japanese sword index as a source of Japanese sword information. I may have overwhelmed you a bit with the terms in my earlier post, but with a little study within the sword index, your knowledge will be greatly increased, and sword terms will be quite clear.

 

Dave M.

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2 hours ago, dwmc said:

Scott, excellent advice from Stephen with the Japanese sword index as a source of Japanese sword information. I may have overwhelmed you a bit with the terms in my earlier post, but with a little study within the sword index, your knowledge will be greatly increased, and sword terms will be quite clear.

 

Dave M.

Thanks Dave…. Yes Stephen posted some great resources.   At first it can seem a bit overwhelming but the discovery of this history is addictive.   I’m really enjoying the path.  Thanks 

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