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Orientation of maker's mark.

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Do you know any traditions on how a maker's mark should be oriented? I've been told that if it's a symbol instead of text it should be oriented in the following way:
If it's a blade for use the mark should be the right way up when the blade's tip downwards, and if it's a show piece the mark should be upright when the tip of the blade is upwards.

Have you heard any similiar stuff? It probably doesn't matter much in reality how and where you put it, but it would be interesting to hear about any traditions you might know of.

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Never heard about this.

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Also, many bladesmith marks are oriented along the length of the blade, so the orientation you're talking about doesn't make sense. Example would be the Solingen/Passau "running wolf".

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