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Another Japanese Wakizashi/ Samurai sword- last one- I promise

Article about: Good afternoon gents Seeing as there is a wealth of knowledge from people who actually know, I thought I would post the last one that I have, for some opinions on date etc: I bought this a c

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    Good afternoon gents
    Seeing as there is a wealth of knowledge from people who actually know, I thought I would post the last one that I have, for some opinions on date etc:

    I bought this a couple of weeks ago, as an "untouched" sword. Looking at it you could say with certainty that it has been un-loved.

    The wooden scabbard has split on the top with a piece missing, there is no "plug" and the blade is shorter than the scabbard by some 7 inches!! So is it a cut down Samurai or a Wakizashi- or a Katana- or a pile of poo

    The Habaki is somewhat more ornate than I have seen before ( admittedly that's nothing to go by) The Tsuba is not plain, but not ornate, the blade is signed, but is in need of a polish by a professional - not me!........ I believe the date of the blade to be the mid 1500's, I have been trying to learn but it is a painful process, and I've probably got that wrong.

    So any help would be much appreciated by yours truly. This time I have tried to take the "correct" photos - full length blade - collar-tsuba- handle- signature-

    Well at least it keeps you lot on the ball
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    A couple more shots
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    John-
    The signature is Echizen no Kuni ju Kanehiro(Kanehiro, living in the province of Echizen). He is listed as being most productive during the Bunroku period which lasted from 1592-1596. The habaki is partial chrysanthimum . The tsuba is an unusual shape.
    BOB

    LIFE'S LOSERS NEVER LEARN FROM THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS.

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    Thanks Bob, as always, your finger is on the pulse. I'm quite pleased as I got the date "nearly" right. It is a cut down? and if the Tsuba is a strange shape - what does that mean - good or bad - BTW I should be seeing Peter at the weekend
    Last edited by John Brandon; 07-06-2016 at 05:38 PM. Reason: I can't spell

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    Quote by John Brandon View Post
    Thanks Bob, as always, your finger is on the pulse. I'm quite pleased as I got the date "nearly" right. It is a cut down? and if the Tsuba is a strange shape - what does that mean - good or bad - BTW I should be seeing Peter at the weekend
    John-
    The blade is not cut down and is intact as made. As to the tsuba, unusual shape is neither good nor bad.
    Regards,
    Bob
    Last edited by BOB COLEMAN; 07-07-2016 at 01:43 AM.
    BOB

    LIFE'S LOSERS NEVER LEARN FROM THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS.

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    The split scabbard in an indication of being the blade being put into a scabbard that wasn't made for it. That is obvious from the blade being shorter than the saya.
    Each sword has a different curve to it from the tempering process. Scabbards are made for individual blades.
    Last edited by SteveR; 07-07-2016 at 01:31 AM.

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    looks like you caught a bug John.

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    Quote by harryamb2 View Post
    looks like you caught a bug John.
    It sure does look like he is on a roll!!!!

    That is a cool looking Habaki on that one.

    Semper Fi
    Phil

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