found another one

I have friend thats looking at this sword can anyone tell me the name and give me some opinions on it? He should be sending me some more images in the near future.

Mei identification on a wakizashi

Hi everyone.

Could anyone help me to find the swordsmith of this wakizashi ? I suppose the signature on the nakago of the wakizashi (1st picture) and the one on the kogatana (2nd picture) is from the same swordsmith.

In my opinion, the first kanji reads "KANE", and the third one "SAKU". But the second ????



Need help with two translations on a type 94 gunto and unknown katana

Identify age period of this Japanese Wakizashi and if it has a crack in the mune or just an opening....Fatal?

Hello, just bought another sword I like. I am trying to determine age, and if the line on the mune is a crack, or opening, and is it a fatal flaw. The tsuba and fittings and menukies are all the same theme, and I believe are original to the sword. Please see attached images. Updated with 3 images of sword length and curve to help identify age.

Need to know what the tang says and if that is an arsenal mark on this Japanese sword

I like this sword, very nice blade. If anyone can help in reading the signature I appreciate it.

Inscriptions on tang 2

Hi Pete
Attached some shots they are not as good as I normally take them in the morning (cooler light) but today it is over cast.

Inscription on tang

Good Morning,
I am seeking help / assistance to be able to know the meaning of inscriptions on the tang of a sword I own.
Omote- Possible reading
1st kanji: Hon = true / real ?
2nd kanji: I do not know.
3rd kanji: Kane (Mino way).
4th kanji:Uji.
Incised stamp: I have absolutely no idea.

Date: My reading
Meiji 9th year 2nd month a day. A day in February 1876 ( one month before the Haitori Edict).
2nd last kanji: Ichi.


Sorry: I tried to just add a comment to my prior post, but I couldn't figure out how to add more photos. This is in response to Saipan59

OK. I've taken a good look at the items you mentioned, and added some more photos.

The light scratches are on both the shinogi-ji and the ji. I can't really determine if they are continuous, or were done separately just meeting at the shinogi, which still seems pronounced and straight. The hamon is still quite visible, and in fact the "scratches" can barely be seen on the harder hamon.

Hello all. I am Greg Rupp, a brand new member.

This is only the second Japanese sword I have acquired. I bought it through an auction where it was presented as a: Japanese katana in shirasaya, shin-shinto (1765-1867), suguha hamon, ko-itame jimon, signed 'Suishinshi Masahide', original tang, iron tsuba with gilt inlay from Edo period; together with a silk katana bukuro (sword bag), total length: approx. 41", blade length: 28.25".
One of the reasons I bought this is because it appears "unfinished" and I wanted to add same,ito, mekugi, koiguchi, kojiri, etc.

Possible Yamato Daijo Fujiwara Masanori


This is my first post here, and I will fess up right now that my knowledge of Japanese swords is extremely limited, and hence so is my terminology. My interest got tweaked recently, and now I'm on a bit of a mission to get something verified. I am hopeful that you will be able to assist me.

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