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Article about: Hello, New poster here from Norfolk, VA. Amazing site and thought I would post a Wakizashi I received from a friend who's father served in WW2. Having a bit of trouble dating this blade and

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    Hello, New poster here from Norfolk, VA. Amazing site and thought I would post a Wakizashi I received from a friend who's father served in WW2. Having a bit of trouble dating this blade and was hoping to get some help from all of you. No Mei on the Nekago so makes it a bit difficult. I can get more pictures and closeups if needed. Anything about the Tsuba would be great as well as I really like that piece. The Blade and Tsuba seem much older than the rest of hardware that it is adorned with and was looking for a confirmation. Also received a WW2 Katana late war I'd be happy to post as well that seems to have been given a new Tsuka post war. I'll post a few below just for kicks and see what you all think of it. Thanks for looking and look forward to learning from all of you. I'm only a few days into learning about this stuff and mean no disrespect if I misspell or misuse some terminology.
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    Welcome to the forum Drew. Some of the guys will be around to help out shortly!

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    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

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    You should have kept this post to only one sword as it is a bit confusing what goes with what. The tsuba is 19th century factory plate with low end inlay. You are also missing one seppa, as there should be four, not three.
    Welcome to the Forum!
    BOB

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    Thanks for the quick reply Bob and yeah, should have kept it to the Wakizashi for this post.

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    Welcome Drew,I'm sure you will enjoy it here! Regards,Geoff

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    Quote by Drew D View Post
    Katana -- Was told it's 1945, March and Yoshitada on other side.
    Correct.

    義忠
    Yoshitada

    昭和二十年三月
    Shōwa nijū-nen san-gatsu
    Shōwa 20th Year [1945], March

    Too bad somebody tried to file off the date and signature.


    --Guy

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    I noticed that too Guy. Shame though I'm sure original owner did it in attempt to "clean" the blade. How wrong he was.

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    Quote by ghp95134 View Post
    Correct.

    義忠
    Yoshitada

    昭和二十年三月
    Shōwa nijū-nen san-gatsu
    Shōwa 20th Year [1945], March

    Too bad somebody tried to file off the date and signature.


    --Guy
    Most likely to hide the fact that it was a Showato, and therefore illegal to own in Japan, and as a modern sword not worth as much as an antique blade outside of Japan!......

    Thinking further, and having another look, I am not certain there was an attempt to file off the Mei. The file marks are not random, and shallow engraving and bright unpatinated nakago are not unknown on Wartime Showato.
    Last edited by DaveR; 05-01-2016 at 04:24 PM. Reason: Further thoughts on the subject.

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    More great info, Thanks Dave!!! Not worried about worth as I intend on keeping both.

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