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    Default Need help with sword pic added 3/20

    Can anyone tell me about who made this blade or approximately the time period?

    Thanks in advance
    Don


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    濃州関住兼義作,WW2 SEKI sword smith KANE YOSHI,his civilian name is:岡田武

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    The stamp at the top is the "Showa" stamp. Sometimes debated, it was put on non-traditionally made blades.
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    Thanks for the info. I was told it was WWII vintage maker using different steel? Has a solid looking temper line.

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    I'm not a swordsmith expert, so maybe someone else can chime in on his level of expertise, but the "non-traditional" blades were made a number of differing ways. It could have been made using traditional methods (hand-hammering, folding, etc) but with non-Japanese metal, or some smiths used hydraulic hammers. They still made great weapons and usually had a great look.
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    Most "non traditional" seki stamped blades are oil quenched. Oil quenching blades creates less forging flaws. Traditional water quenched blades takes much more skill to master. I've seen some excellent non traditional blades I wish were water quenched....

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    Thanks for the info. When it gets here I will post more photos.

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    Got it today. Had anyone seen this image on the tsuba?

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    It's a traditional style tsuba, probably Edo period. You see a lot of them on Shin-Gunto. As to why,... a bit of individuality, iron/steel more practical than brass, or a cheap substitute for an expensive brass item..... Or even a nod to the Samurai tradition. I see a lot of them online, but not so many on the dealers tables.

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    What is the image molded into it? Almost like a spring on its side. I would image there is some meaning?

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    Again it is a standard decorative technique, and symbol. It represents a centipede which is sacred to the god of war, Google "Mukade Tsuba" for more information. It's a nice Tsuba, I wish I had one like it.
    Thinking further, I have only ever seen the old iron tsuba with "field mounts", the wooden saya with a leather cover.

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    Perfect, that's exactly what I was looking for. It does have a leather combat cover and Dragon fly Menuki.

    Thanks again.
    Don

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    Post some complete pictures of your sword, we'd love to see it, and so would I.

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    Couple more pics

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    Very nice Gunto,

    I can't tell what design the Menuki are, is it an insect design ?

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    Dragonfly's

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    A very nice sword, and nicely personalised. This is my Okade Kaneyoshi. No date, no stamps, apparently a water tempered traditionally made blade.
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    Nice blade, what style mounting is it in?

    Don

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    It was bought as a bare blade, and then I had the stunning good luck to get a set of mounts that fit perfectly. These mounts arrived with a non standard and slightly dubious Tsuba. I rather envy (in a good way) the very nice piece that you have shared here, all complete and as carried when in use.
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    The naked blade still needs a habaki.

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    The advantages of having a local Nihonto group, One of my friends had a spare habaki that fit nicely.
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