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Article about: I recently acquired this but know nothing about it, can anyone tell me the age and type of sword this is? I think it's missing what is called the tsuba.

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    I recently acquired this but know nothing about it, can anyone tell me the age and type of sword this is? I think it's missing what is called the tsuba.
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    From your images, you have an unsigned katana circa mid to late 17th c. A ore exact opinion can only be determined with an in hand examination.
    BOB

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

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    I would like to add that your sword is missing the tsuba (hand guard). I know from personal experience that due to the fact it is now going in the saya (scabbard) a little more than it was made to, that it may cause the saya to start splitting at the bottom. Just some thing I learned the hard way.

    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    Thank you, if I were to replace the tsuba, what would I be looking for? type?

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    Hi , your katana is adorned with old civilian koshirai and has never been adapted for standard gunto fittings , as can be seen by there being only one peg hole ( mekugi ana ) in the tang . This was taken to war with it's original fittings. i would suggest you could look for something like this , that could maybe match with what you have .
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    REGARDS AL

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    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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    Thank you guys for all your help, this is a great forum.

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    Make sure you measure the opening of the tsuba to see if it fits the sword tang.

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    There are many civilian tsubas that would qualify as period legit. This link shows a couple: َRyьR Different-species Gunto & Army civilian employee sword
    If you have access to eBay, you can find some. My dad's WWII guntos was missing the tsunami and I found a very nice one on eBay. Chances are the hole for the blade will not fit right, but I was reassured that originally, they didn't fit either, and were filed to fit. It used a small file and got my TSgt to fit very well. I'm on the road and left my tablet at home, or I'd show you my pics.

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    Quote by Bruce Pennington View Post
    There are many civilian tsubas that would qualify as period legit. This link shows a couple: َRyьR Different-species Gunto & Army civilian employee sword
    If you have access to eBay, you can find some. My dad's WWII guntos was missing the tsunami and I found a very nice one on eBay. Chances are the hole for the blade will not fit right, but I was reassured that originally, they didn't fit either, and were filed to fit. It used a small file and got my TSgt to fit very well. I'm on the road and left my tablet at home, or I'd show you my pics.
    Sorry, my tablet's auto-correct went wild. Google search Ohmura study civilian employee.

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    Quote by Bruce Pennington View Post
    There are many civilian tsubas that would qualify as period legit. This link shows a couple: َRyьR Different-species Gunto & Army civilian employee sword
    If you have access to eBay, you can find some. My dad's WWII guntos was missing the tsunami and I found a very nice one on eBay. Chances are the hole for the blade will not fit right, but I was reassured that originally, they didn't fit either, and were filed to fit. It used a small file and got my TSgt to fit very well. I'm on the road and left my tablet at home, or I'd show you my pics.
    It is not a good idea to file the nakago ana on an old tsuba as you will permanently remove the natural patina of the guard and cause permanent damage. There is a lot of bad information and half truths on the internet so one must take care as to the credibility of a source of information. By the way, tsunami is a large tidal wave and not part of a sword.
    BOB

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

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