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Samurai Sword Markings

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    Hey guys, is anyone fluent enough to help me identify some markings on this sword? I am not sure if it is ww2 or later.
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    Can you be patient enough not to post two identical threads... Not a dial up service...... Did the "Samurai" add this to their swords ?? Sit tight and relax.........
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    兼定
    Kanetada

    The Shō {昭} within the cherry blossom stamp indicates it was made in 1930s-1940s.

    --Guy

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    Judging by the mounts, this factory made blade is likely circa 1941-43. The wear of a sword by the Japanese Military ended in 1845.
    BOB

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

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    Hi and sorry for the duplicate post. My apologies. My computer is on the brink of a meltdown so I must have made a mistake. What is the best resource for Japanese sword markings? I have never owned one but am now in a position to grow my collection. Thank you so much for the help!

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    Are you interested in WW2 military blades or antique blades?
    BOB

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

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    Have a look at this link and then the site in general.

    JAPANESE SHOWA ERA SWORDS

    Regards,
    Stu

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    Quote by BOB COLEMAN View Post
    Judging by the mounts, this factory made blade is likely circa 1941-43. The wear of a sword by the Japanese Military ended in 1845.
    Bob meant 1945. I also have "fat finger syndrome." (^___^)


    --Guy

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    Hey guys, thank you so much for the links and opinions. I am interested in mainly Japanese ww2 blades. I will post some of my collection in the upcoming week. I am mainly interedted in German helmets, rifles, Luger's and Japanese swords. I sold off a lot of my collection to buy a Luger a year ago but am now in a position to buy some new items. I picked up this sword for $600 and figured it was a fair price.

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    If that was 600 USD then yes you got it at a fair price. Perhaps even a good price depending upon the fit of the parts and condition of the blade edge. I'm not suggesting that there is anything wrong with them just that I can't tell tightness of fit and condition of edge without more info. The weather cover is a nice bonus to find on your iconic IJA Officer sword in a Type 98 mount.

    Regards,
    Stu

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