Hello all,I have a sword tang I could use a little help with as far as Translation I would greatly appreciate it! Regards,Geoff
Seki-jū Kanefuji Saku
Made by Kanefuji residing in Seki
Shōwa jū roku-nen jū gatsu
I'm guessing at the 十六 (16) -- I thought the 六 was 元 because of the upturned leg; but that explanation doesn't fit. 99% certain it is 16.
After studying this piece for a little while I noticed I may have overlooked something..I believe I can see what appears to be a partial star stamp Is it just me..if it is a star stamp I believe that would indicate a hand forged blade made of steel other than the traditional Tamahagane Is this correct? Regards,Geoff
Nice blade. Does the saya have the double push button lock release mechanism? Each of the star stamped gendaito I've come across were housed in that type of saya.
From the “Japanese Sword Guide”
The presence of a STAR stamp on the nakago of a WW II era sword blade is an indicator of a blade made by swordsmiths of the Rikugun Jumei Tosho. To become Rikugun Jumei Tosho, a swordsmith had to pass tests and examination of his blades. Once accepted as an Army Certified Swordsmith (Rikugun Jumei Tosho), the smith was given a regular allocation of tamehagane with which to make sword blades. Jumei Tosho smiths also made blades using non-traditional materials, mainly forged mill steel.
Japaneseswordindex says: "...The star stamp was used to indicate blades made by smiths of the Rikugun Jumei Tosho (Army approved swordsmiths). ..."
But, another page in Japaneseswordindex also says: "... Swords with stamps on their nakago (tangs) were made using non-traditional methods or materials, possible exceptions being some gendaito which bear star (Jumei Tosho) stamps, although this too is debated...."
Forgive the length of this copy, but I feel it is pertinent:
by George Trotter
I guess I was still researching when Stu posted -- so I just repeated what he wrote.
Geoff , what a nice surprise to find that star stamp. It will be interesting to see what you have there with the blade !
We are the Pilgrims , master, we shall go
Always a little further : it may be
Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
Across that angry or that glimmering sea...
Thank you all Very much!! Now I am definitely having a Great start to the weekend! Stu this rig does indeed have the double push button release as well as the dust cover for the saya. The dust cover is also numbered to the sword (100) this is the first example I have had that the dust cover was numbered.Another thing I noticed about this blade is of all my swords this blade is without a doubt the sharpest!Whether it is because of the sword not being handled much, the protection provided by the wooden scabbard runners,or the original polish I cannot say, but while wiping the blade down I noticed and tried a piece of paper on the edge and it cut like a razor blade!
Does anyone happen to know if Seki Ju Kanefuji is listed in the Rikugun Jumei Tosho or where he ranked as a swordsmith? It would be nice to learn a little more about him.Many thanks again for all the help! Regards,Geoff
[Tora = Tiger!]
He was awarded 5th Seat "Up-and-Coming" [新進 Shin-shin] at the 6th Shinsaku Nihonto Denrankai (新作日本刀展覽會, 1941); winners were reported at Nihon Kendo Oyobi Token (日本劍道及刀劍) by Hagio Takahashi. From Special Honor Seats to the 5th seat (S: 特別名譽席(鍛刀總匠), 1: 國工, 2: 準國工, 3:優秀, 4:佳作, 5: 新進)