old japan sword id,,signatures and menki, help

22 and quarter inch, with a 9 inch handle,blade has markings, but some you cant see , wood peg through handle any help i have better pics but i have to transfer to my computer and have not figured it out yet, Thanks you all you might have to zoom in

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sorry i dont no why they come up like that click on the ones you dont see for the writing i tried to write some of it but didnt turn out to good

click on images

click on the ones you dont see for better images of signatures and menki thanks

22 and quarter from tip

22 and quarter from tip straight to notch on blade, very sharp close to handle, but has it battle scars

please look at attachments

look at attachments better pics, i dont no what happen

tang pictures please

Please post pictures of the actual tang, both sides.
No offense, but your attempt to copy the kanji by hand is not that great :-) .

If necessary to make the kanji show up in the pictures, try changing the position/angle of the light (such as a desk lamp).


the tang pics you have to

the tang pics you have to click on they come up like that for some reason i no that copy of the writing is bad but would you please look at the other ones of the tang thanks


can you see the tang pics pete

look at main post

look at main post to see all pictures together thanks


any info at all would be appreicated

Tadamitsu ?

The signature appears to be:
The "TADA" is uncertain, and I can't see what the 'something' is.

The date appears to be in the "ENTOKU" era, year 1490, August.

TAD134 is a possibility.


thanks so much

thank you, what you think about that menuki


I don't have much expertise in menuki...


you think i should restore this sword


To decide properly, someone with enough expertise needs to study it, in person.
A real polish is very expensive - maybe $1500-$2000 these days, I think. Maybe more.
There are a bunch of things to learn about the pro's and con's of polishing.

In general, I don't recommend that a beginner get a blade polished, unless you have to money to burn, and you don't care. That's just my opinion.

DO NOT do any type of "amateur" restoration work. The damage could turn it into a giant steak knife...



sounds like good advice, im going to keep it oiled , what you think about a light sharpening, just the edge, its sharp but would like to have it a little better, by me

no abrasives

NO, do not use any type of abrasives on it!
You will almost certainly remove metal in the wrong places, which is serious damage for a Japanese sword. The value will be reduced...
There is no reason for it to be "sharper", because nobody should be trying to cut anything with it!
It is hundreds of years old - it just needs to be preserved.



ok, thanks for info, makes sense