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Translation help (kanenaga????) Yoshinaga!


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Hi Guys,


This mei is on a sword in WWII mounts. Can't see any sign of hamon / hada on it. The owner thought it was a machine made blade because no hamon / hada is visible, I thought it might just need a polish.


The best I've managed is the last 2 charaters which I think is Kanenaga.


Am I right? If I am can anyone identify which one? Did this smith sign machine made blades (surely not)???


I've been thru the kanji pages swordsmith database and can't match the 1st 4 characters, any help would be appreciated!


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So does it say

Seki ju Hoshiya yoshinaga?

The only smith in the database from mino is:



Koto, Mino no kuni (Tenmon:1532)

Chu-jo saku

YOS607 TTp737, ¥2M

Would it be this yoshinaga?



The mei says "Seki ju Hoshiya yoshinaga".

Hoshiya Yoshinaga is WWII period smith in Seki.

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Thanks Morita,


Was he the only smith by that name active in WWII? I just seen that a sword sold on ebay recently http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&item=120715375081&nma=true&rt=nc&si=HkIlNMkiJlKkUq1%252BmVa0rToT6NM%253D


The naga character is different from the mei I posted (I think).


So were there 2 smiths called Hoshiya yoshinaga from seki active in WWII?


I greatly appreciate your time and help!

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