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Unknown Japanese WW2 Sword

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    Default Unknown Japanese WW2 Sword

    Hi,

    I have what I believe to be a WW2 Japanese sword. Does anyone have any information on this? I've looked at a lot of models on the internet and couldn't find one that is similar.

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    Thanks in advance,
    Phil

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    home made grip.

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    You will receive a lot more feedback on this wakizashi if you can take off the homemade handle and expose the tang with some quality close up photos !
    REGARDS AL

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    Ok thanks for the advice. I have removed the handle and attached some more pictures. Thanks for the help

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    Appox. Overall length is 23". Blade is just under 18"

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    The signature is cut off (bottom portion of kanji #2) .... but it looks like

    忠光

    Tadamitsu


    Don't know if it's the same smith as below, but he also signs only "Tadamitsu" .... the others I googled all had more kanji preceding "Tadamitsu". The "Tada" part looks similar (flat bottom of the "kokoro" part)... but I'm no expert by any means!


    source


    Okay, .... no, the signatures exhibit different engraving techniques, strokes.

    --Guy

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    Welcome to the Forum. As guy wrote, the signature is Tadamitsu. Which Tadamitsu can not be determined due to the wretched condition of this blade. It certainly has seen very poor care over the years. I can understand why you could not find anything that looked like this. You appear to have a descent iron tsuba. The blade has seen much polishing over the years and has lost a lot of it's original shape. The scabbard, if original to the blade, was likely covered with leather for military useage. The fuchi or original handle ornament, is of poor quality and has little merit. This has all the signs of a sword that had it's handle broken by some GI searching for the non existant jewels in the handle-a commonly heard false runmor among the troops. A lot of mountings were broken up in such a manner.
    BOB

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    It looks like some GI made a Machete out of it...
    William

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    Thanks for all of the replies! So, guessing of off what Im told its 16th century? Does it hurt the value to repolish the blade? What is an appox value? Thanks

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    Quote by behlftball View Post
    Thanks for all of the replies! So, guessing of off what Im told its 16th century? Does it hurt the value to repolish the blade? What is an appox value? Thanks
    Without an in hand study, definite age and identification of the smith who made this blade is impossible from just pictures. Anyone telling you different is just guessing. As to investing in polish, the cost of polish would far exceed the value of the blade. Value on Japanese swords can not be determined from photographs. Condition and quality of construction all factor in to a proper evaluation. Photos can not show folding flaws, tempering problems or cracks.
    BOB

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

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