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Info needed about maker, year and value of this Katana

Article about: by BOB COLEMAN Hello Ger- I do not know what you mean by a "court rank" If you are referring to the honorary title such as "kami" used in the Edo period, there were no Ja

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    I came across this sword and i most say i like it very much.
    Im the second in line to buy this one, so hopefully i get my shot at it.

    Is it possible to indentify the Characters on the tang and make out by who and when it have been made?
    The ad says its a 18th century Katana, i know the Pics arent that great, but they have to do!
    So any help will be highly appreciated!
    A value would be helpfull so i can estimate my final bid!
    Thx Gents,
    Ger
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    Between trying to read the kanji sideways and characters that are out of focus, reading the kanji is mission impossible for me. It is definitely a WW2 era blade as the style of writing confirms that. The blade appears to be a standard factory made blade that is not made in the traditional method.
    BOB

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

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    Hi Ger,

    Looks like a standard Type 98 mounting as can be seen here ...

    㔪Rڎ Army Type 98 military swords (Gunto)

    Chances of it being more than Bob suggests are slim but that's not a bad thing. It's still a good example of an IJA Officer sword from WW2 period.

    Better pics would sure assist in the evaluation. Without them I'd not offer more than 800 USD based on what I see so far.

    Regards,
    Stu

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    Hello Bob & Stu,

    thx Gents for the fast reply, i have to work my way into these swords, and that aint easy.
    Normally i stick to the SA daggers, but i realy like these Japanese swords.

    Your help is appreciated Gents!

    Regards,
    Ger

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    UREKA!!!

    正義
    Seki Takeshi Masayoshi Omi
    Takeshi Masayoshi of Seki [city]. "no Omi" is a court rank, according to my online dictionary: "Omi (hereditary title; orig. one of the two highest such titles, later demoted to sixth highest of eight)..."

    Showa-era: 1926~1945

    Here's another





    And another one


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    I had a feeling you would come through on a reading even with the poor pictures. Nice job!
    BOB

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

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    Thanks Bob! I like challenges ... especially when I "win."

    --Guy

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    Thank you Guy
    youve does a great job!

    So he is a swords smith with a court rank?
    knowing who made it does that also tells the way its made?
    Is this a handmade blade in the traditional way or is it machine made?

    Regards,
    Ger

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    Quote by gerrit View Post
    Thank you Guy
    youve does a great job!

    So he is a swords smith with a court rank?
    knowing who made it does that also tells the way its made?
    Is this a handmade blade in the traditional way or is it machine made?

    Regards,
    Ger
    Hello Ger-
    I do not know what you mean by a "court rank" If you are referring to the honorary title such as "kami" used in the Edo period, there were no Japanese swordsmiths given such a title since the Hattori in the Meiji period. From the pictures, I have no doubt it is a factory made blade and not a traditional folded and water tempered blade. I would expect any true gendaito to be dated.
    BOB

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

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    A good example Ger , i love the fittings , seppa and general patina .
    REGARDS AL

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    Always a little further : it may be
    Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
    Across that angry or that glimmering sea...

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