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    Greetings everyone,

    One of my buddies recently bought this sword for $40 and he would like to know some information on it. He thinks it's quite a bit older than WWII, but I thought I would post it here anyway. Can anyone help with the ID of the markings? Any help is appreciated!
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    法城寺源貞廣
    Hōjōji Minamoto Sadahiro

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    According to Index of Japanese Swordsmiths, the only one in the book who signed Hōjōji Minamoto Sadahiro worked from 1688-1704.

    --Guy

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    Quote by RZM View Post
    Greetings everyone,

    One of my buddies recently bought this sword for $40 and he would like to know some information on it. He thinks it's quite a bit older than WWII, but I thought I would post it here anyway. Can anyone help with the ID of the markings? Any help is appreciated!
    I'll give him $160 .... so he can make a 400% profit!!

    Great purchase ..... what does the rest of the blade look like? It might be worth only $40 if someone wire-brushed it.

    --Guy

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    Yes , we would very much like to see more pics of the blade if possible .
    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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    Thanks for the info! The rest of the blade looks as rough as the tang. It looks like it might have been found in a barn or attic. The handle is missing as well. I will try to get more pictures of the tang. Thanks again!

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    A medium ranked smith(chu-jo saku)from the Edo Hojoji group. His most productive period was in the Genroku Period that began in 1688.
    BOB

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

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    Quote by RZM View Post
    Thanks for the info! The rest of the blade looks as rough as the tang. It looks like it might have been found in a barn or attic. The handle is missing as well. I will try to get more pictures of the tang. Thanks again!
    The tang does not look rough to me. It appears to have a natural patina that should NEVER be cleaned unless a professional removes red rust.
    BOB

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

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