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#341040 12/15/2018 03:58 AM
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Can anyone help translate writing on the tang. No writing on the other side or no other marks. Blade is sharp but has damage and parts missing. What should I offer for this. The scabbard has a name along with Pusan which is in Korea of course, police station. Thank you for any help.Best!

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I would say definitely Japanese. Busan is probably the closest city to the Japanese main island, and they were occupied by the Japanese during ww2.

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hi mikee
yes definitly japanese blade in resting case and very old koto signed blade im sorry i cant read it for you but on wehrmacht awards they can help in my honest opinion from what i can see the blade is probly from year 1450-1550 might be 1600s i think i can see that the point of the tip of the boshi is knocked off if thats all the damage that can be fixed by a polisher it also appears to be a hand made blade not arsenial made hope this helps you god bless andy militarynut

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Thank you guys it does, always very helpful and I appreciate it very much. I don't know really how much I should offer. Any ideas?

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hi mikee
thats a hard call to put a price on what to pay for this japanese sword not knowing the extink of damage to the blade it all depends on the smith who made it if he is a good smith high in rank and popular then its worth of a 5,000 dollar polish best you check with the japanese sword collectors on wehrmacht awards they are good at this wish i could help further but i cant god bless merry christmas to you n family andy militarynut

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Thank you for all the help. For some reason I cannot make attachments on WAF.

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hi mikee
listen take some white talcom powder and rub in to signiture and look up japanese swords on internet im sure some one can read it for you also when showing pictures of tang show up and down with the writing not side ways japanese is read from top to bottom not like chinese please let us know if i was off with the age of the blade god bless andy militarynut

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I sure will. Thank you as always you are a great help.

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They were a great help. The translation is Kawachi Daijo Fujiwara Masahiro a well known and important sword smith, early 1600's. That is if it all checks out and it's not a fake. I have a lot to learn and do. Best!

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hi mikee
this was a great help to find this sword smiths name they know thier swords as i can not read japanese but i have hawleys books on all the sword smiths of japan that i looked up i believe i found your smith if im reading it properly there is about five pages of masa hiros with all different years so i was right about on target with your 1600s made blade i found on page 329 entry number mas-173 in hawleys book this smith reads like above kawachi daijo fujiwara masa hiro if im correct this smith is a 50pt smith blade dates from 1658-88 thats a good smith that did extra work to the blade they didnt give him 50pts for crapy work so all in all i believe i might have found your man check back with these experts and see what they have to say about hawleys book information hope i have helped you and yes you have a real original old koto japanese sword blade no if but or ands its the real deal might be worth a polish and fixing please let me know what they say god bless merry christmas andy militarynut

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wow Andy thank you

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hi mikee
my pleasure to help when ever i can you never know what knowledge some one has and as all ways its my pleasure to help listen one thing you can do is measure your blade this is how to do it take the handle off and slide the little brass collor down the blad or off the blade dont matter then you will find a notch in the steel blade measure from the tip of the sword to the notch this will give you the right measurment lenth wise if its 23inches to 26inches its a wakisashi blade if longer its probly a katana also what is the damage you see please let me know god bless andy militarynut


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