Have you a photo of the entire nakago (tang) available?
PS: Looks upside down to me.
You also have the signature posted upside down. As Stu mentioned, besides a close up of the signature, A complete shot of the complete tang is required. The correct way to shoot this is vertical with the point of the sword being the up and the butt of the tang the bottom.
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It's upside-down, but the smith is
Here's another, this one is Kojima Katsumasa:
The "Katsumatsu" name portion of the signature in the image I posted looks very much like the "Katsumasa" on your sword.
Looks like there might be two Katsumasa to choose from:
金谷 勝正 (Kanaya Katsumasa)
勝正 (Katsumasa) Real name: 小島 七右衛門 (Kojima Shichiemon)
I am trying to put them on, in my computer they are right side up but when I post the they flip
Hi Stu, I added the photo's but they come out upside down when I post them, thanks, Bob
Dated May 1943
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Can you take a photo of the entire nakago, not just the section that is written upon?
ok, I will add photo's thanks
Great guys here to help out. Marty
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