Juyo Token Nado Zufu

Shuzando offers Juyo Token Nado Zufu, vol. 1-10:


Here is what I assume is a Seki stamp on the tang of my Ido Hidetoshi named blade. It does not look quite like what I have seen on other Seki blades. Is it,like other militaria I collect, a variation or does it mean something else? Forgive my ignorance but I do not regularly collect anything other than US items.

Thanks in advance for your help, Jerry

Help with signature

I have a WW II officer's sword that I need help with. I have scoured sites and have had no luck. Here are some pictures. Hope ya'll can help.

Mei Help

Automated validation of Swordsmith Index data

This is more like a note to myself as I was doing some research and found few links which may be useful in the future. When I started the Swordsmith Index project 4 years ago, I had to use automated tools to cleanse and verify smith records, everything Kanji related in particular, otherwise I would have to go through thousands of records manually. The results were very positive back in 2008-2009: my tools helped to identify numerous errors and gaps in the data (e.g. smith Kanji names) which are now long since been fixed. I didn't apply similar procedure to the signatures because the data was too rough and also I needed an access to a good database of Kanji and a Japanese dictionary. But most of all, my research in this direction has stopped since a lot of my input data was stolen in a burglary (and lost on a hard drive of my old worthless laptop which was taken).

Since then I switched to different activities, with full verification of the whole Index being the most important one. As it's been planned to be completed by the end of the year, I started looking at automated tools again. Unfortunately I won't be able to publish any results as I'm just starting a new job, but I might have some time over Christmas. One of the studies analyses distribution of different Kanji across provinces (it can be done across nengō as well) which shows (no surprises here) that some characters were preferred in particular provinces. Another study (which requires the tools mentioned below) is only in the planning stage and is meant to address different patterns of signatures which may help with signature verification, automated extraction of geographical locations and also with building some sort of comprehensive manual of signature reading.

The dictionaries I was meant to use were:

KANJIDIC2 for Kanji
JMdict/EDICT for Japanese/English vocabulary


JBLite (part of J-Ben, 2 )
JBParse, 2, 3

I'll keep you informed on any further development. Until then, I have 1750 records left to verify :-)


Photos from Victoria & Albert Museum

Zach Luna posted some beautiful photos of Japanese swords in Victoria & Albert Museum in London:

New list of meitō

I found a very useful article in Japanese Wikipedia which contains a list of famous swords with brief descriptions:

I already found few swords from Kyōhō Meibutsu Chō which I had no other references to.

Surely it will grow in the future and more details will be added.

Additional help please

Hi Stan and all,

I would like to express my gratitude over the recent tang interpretations, Thanks for all your support! It really meant much to me now that I can appreciate my blades more. Thanks to Pete for sharing some knowledge. I hope you guys can extend more help to do some more interpretations with 4 more tang signatures and 3 unsigned blades, That I have posted yesterday, If anyone could at least give me an idea on the origin of the blades as to province or possible smith etc. I would be happy.Lastly ,I could send more pictures of the blades if required.

Awaiting any News....

Sword signatures

Hi Im jo just wandering if anybody could help me out I got 2 short swords, 1 tanto and a yari, Im needing help to interpret signatures? You could contact me at at my email ad thanks


My name is Milo
I'm glad to have found a forum so well
I'm passionate about Japanese culture from 4
years but only now I can really devote myself to that
is the story of the samurai.
from about 5 months Kendo and Iaido practice and I am very
excited about this I love to take my katana between
I love looking at her hands but mostly in its charm
. I hope to find and acquire more knowledge about
this web site but most of all to exchange views
with various members.
Thank you for your kind attention

Syndicate content