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Need help with japanese sword markings

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    Default Need help with japanese sword markings

    I have a sword I acquired from a ww2 vet. He claimed to have taken it off a soldier in the pacific. I have done some research and it seems to have the correct arsenal stamp (cherry blossom), and 7 engraved markings on the tang. The swords blade is in rough shape with a lot of patina and some pits, but the overall condition is decent. I was hoping someone here could help me translate the markings on the tang? Thanks for any help.
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    It is difficult to read the first and third character of the signature from the photographs. It reads ? shu(province) ?(likely a city) Kanemitsu(maker's name). This is a WW2 era blade and likely oil tempered or machine made.
    BOB

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

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    Thanks for the reply. What do you think a sword in this condition might be worth? Ill post a few more pics maybe they'll be a bit more clear. Thanks again for the help.Click image for larger version. 

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    I've found that it's a showa marking on top (arsenal, cherry blossom) I think the 1st two characters mean noshu (province) last 3 mean kanemitsu made. Just need help with the 3rd and 4th marks. Are those possibly dates? I can't match them to anything I've found so far. Thanks in advance for any replies.

    R.J.

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    濃州関住兼光作(Nōshū Seki-jū Kanemitsu saku)
    Seki sword smith 後藤松蔵.
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