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I would appreciate any thoughts and a translation on this kai gunto;

 

http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/aadams196 ... directlink

 

At the moment I can see little in the blade (hada ware present), and assumed it was a WW2 machine made blade.

But the nakago has 2 mekugi ana and the "appearance" of an older blade that has been shortened. No obvious yasurime.

 

I was wondering if the nakago has been messed about with to try to give the appearance of an older traditional blade?

Is the patina and "corrosion" artificial?

 

Lots of photos on the link above, but if anyone needs anything specific that is not shown, let me know.

 

Andrew

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Im wondering if the tang was welded to a gunto blade, sure dont see much actvity for a Bishu Osafune Sukesada.

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nakago looks very distresed, maybe not welded on but could be saiha. If so it is still a very nice koshirae

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I've added some more photos to the link which include the sabi giwa area and nakago mune kado.

Also after a few hours with the uchiko, I'm seeing some activity which I've tried to photograph.

 

I hope there may be some additional information in these photos that is of use.

 

Stephen - I can't spot evidence of a weld, but then again I don't have a trained eye.

 

Andrew

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Stephen,

 

Do you think it may be original and the odd looking nakago is down to re-tempering?

 

Thanks for your translation by the way - even after you told me what it was, I still couldn't make it out!

 

Andrew

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