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Article about: I have been sent some images of this sword. Could I have your thoughts please? Name? Thanks in advance! Cheers, Ade,

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    I have been sent some images of this sword.

    Could I have your thoughts please? Name?

    Thanks in advance!

    Cheers, Ade,
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    肥前国光廣
    Hizen [no] Kuni Mitsuhiro
    Mitsuhiro of Hizen Country

    昭和十八年四月日
    Shōwa Juuhachi Nen Shigatsu Jitsu
    A Day in April, 1943

    A "Star Stamp" is good!

    His civilian name was:
    山口 光廣 (Yamaguchi Mitsuhirio) 1

    He is classified as Mid-Upper Level smith and the 1 note above indicates he won a First Seat at the 1941 New Sword exhibition:

    "...winners of the 6th Shinsaku Nihonto Denrankai (新作日本刀展覽會, 1941) were reported ...by Hagio Takahashi. From Special Honor Seats to the 5th seat (S: 特別名譽席 (鍛刀總匠), 1: 國工 ...."
    Source

    So, his work was classified at National Level; BUT, that is NOT to say all his work was thus. Our panel of experts will want to see the entire blade before they say much; then, you'll get the caveat that the sword must be held in hand before a definite pronouncement can be made.

    Here's more data from Markus Sesko's Index of Japanese Swordsmiths, p. 383 (German language; couldn't get the English version to open on the correct page):
    "Saga [Prefecture]; His civilian name was Yamaguchi Fukutarō (山口福太郎), born 1898, he studied under Kurihara Akihide (栗原明秀) and worked as a Rikugun Jumei Tōshō...."

    Cheers,
    --Guy

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    The signature on this Showa era blade is a classic example of that of a true swordsmith compared against the chippy style found on Seki arsenal blades.
    BOB

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

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    Brilliant! Thank you Guy.

    Cheers, Ade.
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