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Help with Officer Katana Mei Tang Markings . . .
Old 12-28-2019, 10:59 PM   #1
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Default Help with Officer Katana Mei Tang Markings . . .

Hoping to get some help with these markings. I believe this blade could be handmade . . .
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More pics . . . .
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[関] 濃刕住大澤兼久作 {兼久}
[Seki] Noshū Jū Ōsawa Kanehisa Saku {Kanehisa}
Made by Osawa Kanehisa residing in Noshu. Followed by a hot-stamp 兼久

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濃刕 Noshu; modern Gifu Prefecture; using an archaic kanji instead of -- both mean "province."


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Old 12-29-2019, 01:17 AM   #5
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All Japanese swords are handmade to some degree or other.

I believe what you want to know is whether this one is traditionally forged/water quenched and therefore considered a Gendaito?

With only photos of the tang to look at, it's impossible to say although the presence of a Seki stamp usually rules out the possibility of it being traditionally forged. I say usually because there are documented exceptions to this rule.

Here's an interesting discussion about another hot stamped Kanehisa.
http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic...word-markings/

Warning, the topic of WWII swords, how they were forged and from which steel can lead one down a deep rabbit hole!
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Please would you post photos of the Hamon and kisaki
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A couple of photos, not very close though. The katana is in combat mounts.
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I ask as I had a kanehisa with a very clear masume hada
It had a seki stamp which I had removed when it was polished
Can you see any hada?
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I don’t remember selling it
I’ll see if I can find it after the new year
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[関] 濃刕住大澤兼久作 {兼久}
[Seki] Noshū Jū Ōsawa Kanehisa Saku {Kanehisa}
Made by Osawa Kanehisa residing in Noshu. Followed by a hot-stamp 兼久

Seki stamp
濃刕 Noshu; modern Gifu Prefecture; using an archaic kanji instead of -- both mean "province."


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Arigato gozai masu! I'm rather new to Japanese sword collecting. Does the seki have nay significance? I mistook it for a "tan" stamp which led to the "handmade" comment.
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I ask as I had a kanehisa with a very clear masume hada
It had a seki stamp which I had removed when it was polished
Can you see any hada?
I'm not sure what hada looks like exactly. Here's another photo. These are some I took a while back. Blade looks highly polished to me.
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Seki is a post ‘42 acceptance stamp?
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Seki is a post ‘42 acceptance stamp?
You won't be able to judge a date on this by the Seki stamp as they were used throughout the war from '38 to '45. The Seki Guild was using it originally until the Nagoya Arsenal started using it. By '42ish, when the Korkura Arsenal stopped supervising sword production of both Tokyo and Nagoya, the regions began using thier own stamps, like Seki, Gifu, etc.
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Hamon and kisaka
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From the new photos I believe it’s an oil quenched blade
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