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Article about: This is the other Japanese sword I have, the cutting edge is about 27 inches. Sorry about the poor quality pictures it's not fit to take the pictures outside. Thanks for any help z4.

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    Default Japanese Sword 2.info please.

    This is the other Japanese sword I have, the cutting edge is about 27 inches.

    Sorry about the poor quality pictures it's not fit to take the pictures outside.

    Thanks for any help z4.
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    Anyone help with this.

    Thanks z4

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    It is an old blade in Military mounts. I believe made during the feudal period. Before 1600. Understand that age alone does not make a sword valuable. It will be the maker and or school attributed to it. There were more than a million Japanese swords brought back to the USA during and after WWII dating from 1000 up to 1945. It is not uncommon to find an old blade.
    I believe Mr. Coleman could tell you much more than I.
    I believe the kanji (writing) is upside down. But I am not good at translation.
    SteveR

    After looking at the blade again I believe from the style of the straight temper line all the way back to the tang it is from the shinto period.
    SteveR
    Last edited by SteveR; 01-01-2011 at 05:32 PM.

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    Hi Steve , it looks to be an original sword , but has the Tsuba ( crossguard ) got a small opening in it ( on the side not seen in the photo ) ? There would have been a small leather strap with a snap button on it that was used to retain the sword in the scabbard , this would have wrapped around the Tsuka (handle /grip ) just above the crossguard , then passed through the opening in the Tsuba , then snapped on to the press studs that can be seen in the photo showing the leather cover on the scabbard . The Fuchi ( the sleeve at the base of the handle ) is not a standard military fitting but that does not mean it`s not original to the Tsuka ! Has there been something coated on the Tsuba and the blade /tang ?
    REGARDS AL

    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...

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    Alan not sure what you mean by has it been coated, I don't know much about the sword someone fetched it in my mates gun shop in Manchester and I had a bit of spare cash so I bought it.

    I have taken the handle off again and it does not look like there is anything coated on the tang it might be the light when the picture was taken.

    I have attached another picture of the Tsuba, do you have any idea what the inscription means.

    Thanks z4.
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    Hi Steve , yes that`s the opening i was referring to . What looks like a silver coating must be a reflection from the flash ! It will help if you photograph the inscription the right way up ( with the point of the sword facing up ) and in natural light .
    REGARDS AL

    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...

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    New picture of the tang, I took this out side but it still does not look the right colour which is a darkish brown.
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