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Old 09-09-2019, 07:55 PM   #1
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Japanese sword. Thoughts / opinions.
Any information or opinions in regard to this sword are much appreciated. A friend bought the sword at a estate sale. I did not remove the handle, as it appears to be a arsenal blade. The blade has little or no polish. At first I thought it might be Chinese, but there are aspects of the sword that make me think it could be WW2 era Japanese. But, my knowledge is very limited, so I'll defer to the experts. Thank you.

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Old 09-09-2019, 07:57 PM   #2
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:58 PM   #3
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Chinese fake. Ito not alternating, no hishi-gami, no menuki, no seppa.

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Old 09-10-2019, 06:26 AM   #4
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Thanks Logan, always appreciated.

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Old 09-10-2019, 08:54 AM   #5
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Fake is my gut reaction too. There are late-war Japanese swords that resemble this, but they are more "regulation" looking than this. There are also swords made in occupied lands for their forces working with the Japanese that resemble this, but still, they look more regulation than this. But there are too many things wrong with this one, so I'd lean toward "fake" on it. You can try taking the handle off and giving us pics of the tang (nakago) if you like.
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:49 AM   #6
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Bruce,

First off, thank you for commenting. As I mentioned, my first reaction was that the sword was a Chinese copy. But, the scabbard looked good. And, a friend bought the sword from an estate sale for a very cheap price. I know that doesn't mean anything. But the family of the old man found the sword in the garage attic and didn't attach any value to the item. There's just some things about the sword that look old. I'm not questioning anyone's opinion and certainly appreciate everyone's thoughts.

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Old 09-11-2019, 03:51 PM   #7
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Can you show the tang? That will tell the tale.
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Universally, the imitation Japanese swords don't want to reveal the tang, because that's where things get ugly (pun intended).

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Old 09-11-2019, 07:54 PM   #9
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I will try and get a picture of the tang. It's not my sword. So, I have nothing to gain either way. I'm just trying to learn. Thanks.
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I will try and get a picture of the tang. It's not my sword. So, I have nothing to gain either way. I'm just trying to learn. Thanks.
If that's the case, no need to pursue it any further. Save your time and energy. You want to learn from the real Japanese swords.
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