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Jens Olesen

mei on rusty tang

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This wakizashi was bought in Copenhagen in 1973. Previous owner did not treat it very well, but I cherish it and want to keep it. I post a message in the hope that some experienced member of this community can give me ANY cues to the age and origin of it. I believe it was made in the 17th century but have absolutely no data on it. Nagasa is 44 cm, Nakago 16.7 cm, Sori 1 cm. The scabbard and fittings are quite loose and I wonder how much it has been tampered with. I shall gladly spend time trying to look up the Kanji in the mei, but as the picture shows, they are hard to trace because of rust. Maybe they speak to some knowledgeable person among you?

Sincerely yours, Jens Olesen, Copenhagen.

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Hello Jens!

 

Welcome to NMB!

 

It would help a lot to get your photos in a higher resolution! Please do some cropping, and less picture compression, and please leave out the tracings on the mei, they do not usually help much. :)

 

If I should make an unreliable guess based on what I see, this could be Fujishima Tomoshige 藤島友重.

A number of smiths by this name worked in Kaga and Echizen provinces from 14th to 19th century. Your blade might be sue-koto (14th-16th century).

 

BR,

Veli

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Hi Jens!

 

Here's the mei of your blade compared to the reference picture (Fujishiro) of Oei period Fujishima Tomoshige of Kaga. Not saying that it is a perfect match, but just wanted to give you a clue what to look for when trying to figure out the strokes. The third kanji "tomo" is the most difficult to resolve... you probably see better with the blade in hand...

 

 

 

BR,

Veli

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