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Article about: Hello All,I may have a chance to purchase this older Tanto. Sorry for the hurried photos I only had a few minutes.The piece was in well handled shirasaya with a solid silver habaki There is

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    Hello All,I may have a chance to purchase this older Tanto. Sorry for the hurried photos I only had a few minutes.The piece was in well handled shirasaya with a solid silver habaki There is a mei but it is very difficult to see I tried a little cornstarch to help but time was limited!! Any help or comments welcome! Regards,Geoff
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    Looks like

    菊御作
    Kiku Go-saku
    Chrysanthemum Imperial-made

    ... but I thought those swords bore only a 5-petaled Mum, not an actual signature.

    Let's wait for the pros to comment.


    --Guy

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    Thank you Guy,The blade is 14 1/8" from tip of nakago to tip of kissaki and 1 3/8" at its widest point with a very solid feel.

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    The mei of Emperor Gotoba who was reigning in the Late Kamakura period. The mei appears to be poorly cut and likely gimei. It still appears to be a nice old tanto.
    BOB

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

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    Thank you very much Bob! I shall consider buying the blade not the "Story" Regards,Geoff

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