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M Hermes




Location: The Netherlands
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PostPosted: Sun 20 Nov, 2016 10:20 am    Post subject: Type 98 shin gunto markings         Reply with quote

Hi,

i recently bought this katana, since i have never owned one i consider myself a novice.

I found out that it is a type 98, probably mid to late war. After removing the hilt i disovered some Japanese characters. Been all over the internet to find out what it says but with little to no results. The only thing i found that it is a non-traditional sword, indicated by the showa mark. On the blade there is a visible hamon. The scabbard is made of lacquered wood, covered with leather.

I have no clue how to read the characters, maybe someone can tell what is up or down. Should i keep the tappered end up or the tsuba? All comments on the sword are welcome!
Thanks!



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Travis Canaday




Location: Overland Park, Kansas
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PostPosted: Tue 22 Nov, 2016 4:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello,

The pictures you show of the Kanji are upside down. They are read with the blade pointing up.

You can find some information on translating sword signatures here:
http://www.japaneseswordindex.com/nihonto.htm

Good luck.

Travis
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J. Nicolaysen




Location: Wyoming
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PostPosted: Tue 22 Nov, 2016 5:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Another forum, Nihonto Message Board has some specialized sub-forums for gunto and in the main nihonto forum as well there are several threads for ID kanji. I am sure you will make some headway there. I'd be interested in what you find out!\


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Jussi Ekholm




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PostPosted: Fri 02 Dec, 2016 1:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sorry it took a while to answer. The signature reads Kanemichi saku: 兼道作

The date is harder, I think it is: 紀元二千六百一年 Kigen nisen roppyaku ichi nen = 2601st Imperial year which means 1941.

In my books the only Shōwa Kanemichi is Kojima Kanemichi and I am not sure if this is his signature. This could be also some lesser known Kanemichi working during that period. I am not well versed on these modern swords but there are people specialized in these swords.

Jussi Ekholm
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M Hermes




Location: The Netherlands
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PostPosted: Fri 02 Dec, 2016 6:26 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jussi Ekholm wrote:
Sorry it took a while to answer. The signature reads Kanemichi saku: 兼道作

The date is harder, I think it is: 紀元二千六百一年 Kigen nisen roppyaku ichi nen = 2601st Imperial year which means 1941.

In my books the only Shōwa Kanemichi is Kojima Kanemichi and I am not sure if this is his signature. This could be also some lesser known Kanemichi working during that period. I am not well versed on these modern swords but there are people specialized in these swords.


Thank you Jussi for your infomation. I posted it on another forum also and they came up with the same name and date.
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