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Japanese Tanto Blade Name Translation Help Please

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    Just acquired this Japanese tanto which is supposed to have a named blade. Can anyone tell me what it says and means Please?

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    Here's another image to work from.

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    Hi Howard-san,

    The Kanji are 五月雨 (Samidare, or Satsuki-ame) - An old term for Rice Planting. (Literally means May Rain)

    Regards,
    Taka

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    This looks like it is the name of the blade: Samidare [also pronounced Satsuki-ame]

    五月雨
    May Rain [poetically: "Early Summer Rain"]

    --Guy

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    Taka .... I would have posted first, but my wife required my attention!!! (honest).

    (^__^)

    --Guy

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    LOL ! By one minute !

    That' s funny.

    Cheers!
    Taka

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    There was an IJN Destroyer called Samidare.



    --Guy

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    Thanks very much for your help translating this. Any idea why a Samurai would name a weapon this name or phrase?

    Howard Dennis

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    Hi Howard,

    It might have been named by the bladesmith in honor of the IJN Samidare (commissioned in 1937). If it is an older blade, perhaps the bladesmith (or patron) felt poetic.

    I named my sword and the bladesmith engraved its name on the nakago.

    --Guy

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    Regarding the IJN Samidare, I see that the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force has a destroyer named Samidare (DD-106). The write-up is in Japanese, but I see they reference the former IJN Samidare.

    JMSDF Samidare (DD-106):


    Instead of kanji, ships' names are written now-a-days in hiragana on the stern. This one is the Inazuma (DD-105; same class), but it gives an idea of what I'm talking about.

    いなずま [Inazuma]; on the Samidare, it would be さみだれ



    --Guy

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