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Tsuba, seeking translation of kanji please

Article about: Hello All, I found this tsuba recently and thought i would share it with you. I'm also asking for a translation of the kanji if possible. Any and all input is appreciated! Take care, Mart

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    Hello All,

    I found this tsuba recently and thought i would share it with you. I'm also asking for a translation of the kanji if possible.
    Any and all input is appreciated!

    Take care,

    Mart

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    Mart,

    I'm not an expert, but it looks cast to me -- especially the kanji. All I can make out is

    。。。州住
    ~Shū jū
    Resident of [somewhere or other] Provence....

    No artisan's name.


    --Guy

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    And I'm wondering if that first geographic kanji is "Shin" -- all I can see is the bottom 1/3 of the kanji.

    信州
    Shin-jū
    Shinano Province [modern day Nagano-ken]

    If so, and it were authentic, it would be saying
    信州住
    Shinshū jū .... but still missing the artisan's name. Normally the convention is similar to: "Location-resident-art name-made [this]."



    --Guy

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    someone has used sandpaper and removed all of the original finish. Did this come with your wakizashi? The guard is ruined as a collectable.
    BOB

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

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    Looks cast.

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    I agree with what was said about being cast and also it was not a good casting job at that.
    I hope you didn't pay to much for it.
    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    Certainly is cast. I can't see this ever being installed on a Japanese sword-not even a tourist piece. Maybe the Kanji, if turned upside down, read "Made in Mexico"...Sorry, but
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Hi all,

    Thanks for all your help, i appreciate it! I found this at a resale shop (tsuba only), spent $7.00, and took a chance.
    It will make a very nice fishing sinker!

    Have a good one,

    Mart

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