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William C Champlin




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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jul, 2005 8:13 pm    Post subject: Opinions on Japanese blade?         Reply with quote

I have a Japanese blade and have almost no information on it. Would anyone care to venture an opinion?
It's appx. 30 " overall with a 24" blade. The inscription is " No Shu Jyu Gyo Tsuji " translated "thick state place fish corner intersection". I'll post pictures of the patinated blade if anyone wants to see that. The spine of the blade is angular.
Thanks,W



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PostPosted: Sat 16 Jul, 2005 11:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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The inscription is " No Shu Jyu Gyo Tsuji " translated "thick state place fish corner intersection".




William,

The nakago that you show here I think reads:

Noshu ju KaneMichi (?) (KaneMichi made this at Noshu).

I am not 100% certain about the last kanji, it could read differently as it is many years since I last read any Japanese !
Noshu ( another name for Mino province - today called Gifu ), is a province where large quantities of swords were produced, including most of those carried by officers during the second world war, which is what this blade appears to be.
The arsenal located in Noshu during the second world war was called 'Seki', and usually , but not always, there is a little roughly square arsenal stamp just above the megugi ana.

I will try and dig out one of my books and check that last kanji for you a litle later on Happy

Hope that this helps a little, unfortunately my knowledge on Japanese swords is a bit rusty these days, hope your sword isnt ! Laughing Out Loud

Regards as ever,

Russ

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