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Age and Identification?

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Anyone have a guess how old this one is and the meaning of the mark? Not my sword, but a coworkers son's. My guess a army officers sword WW2 era..... just a guess though. I should be getting better pics and measurements soon. They also know to not sand, polish, scrape or do anything to it. Hoping there's someone out there that may know or can point me in the right direction. Thanks, Willie

 

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I'd have to agree, it does look like WW2 gunto mounts thought the signature may indicate that the blade itself is older. Are there any visible file marks on the tang? It looks pretty smooth in the picture.

 

I'd let someone more knowledgeable have the last word on the sword though!

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I haven't seen it in person. I've just the 2 pictures. I couldn't see any file marks. Thanks for the reply.

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That says YoshiKuni. There were many who signed with the 2 kanji. A few are very famous.
Need more pics. Close.

 

I would say much older the WW2. Likely Shinto. 16-1700's
need measurements and better pics.

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Thanks Mark. YoshiKuni, would that be the swordsmith? I'd love to see that blade fully polished by a pro! Hope to have measurements and more pics soon.

 

Thanks, Willie

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Yes, That is likely the smith's name. If the signature is good.
This sword needs to be looked at much closer.

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I searched keyword yoshikuni swordsmith and came across a thread on a different forum. More pics and a little bit of back story. Thanks to everyone for their replies.

 

Willie

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Will, There were dozens of YoshiKuni. from many provinces in Japan throughout the sword making years.

 

You should get some good close pic of the whole sword, and some close sections of the blade, and very good close shots of the signature, and post them over on the NMB.

 

http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/

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Mark, thank you for your help. It has been a tremendous help for what I was looking for. I posted the pics here second hand for a coworkers son in hopes of shedding some light on the blade. I didn't realize that he had already posted somewhere else and already began his search also. I'll pass along the link you added. Thank you again for your help. I'll try to keep y'all updated on the blade as I can if anyone would like.

 

Willie.

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