Ok, so im here to attempt yet again to find the value of a sword that has been passed down in my family for 3 generations, my granddad brought it back from Japan in world war 2, as did hundreds of other soldiers stationed around japan at this time, i believe the sword to be around 400 years old from the research that i have gathered it is not in great condition, as most 400 year old items are not. So can anyone tell me more about this sword? The Japanese writing on the handle is readable but my camera could not pick it up. here are some pictures.
The pictures are bad and I admit I'm not an expert in this particular area, but I know antiques in general. I don't think it's as old as you think. The details are sparse and not very well done. Japanese swords that old tend to have incredible detail, even when issued for lower ranking soldiers. I would say it's probably mid-19thc and not very valuable, especially due to condition. Are there any Japanese characters on the blade?
thanks rosborne you were way more helpful then the other guys
Yeah, Rosborne's link is good. Can you take a picture of the oriental letters on the blade and post it here? You'll have to clean it up first, then photograph it on a black background. I know something of samurai swords and from the looks of that one suspect the characters actually say "Made in Hong Kong".
you need to take photos where the details can be seen. It is absolutely impossible to tell anything about it with out that.
Get yoru camera and prop it on to something before taking your photo. Attempt to take the photo as hands free as possible. Put it next to a lamp and remove the shade so that the detail of the metal can be seen.
the photos are not the result of the camera.
a good camera does not make 'good' photos and is not the point of the thread.
Thu 22 Mar, 2012 09:56 pm
About that lamp without the shade, yes. When doing precise work like checkering wood or working to a scribed line, a single point is the best by far, and florescent lighting is about the worst.
Fri 23 Mar, 2012 09:02 am
Ill post better photos asap of the characters thanks for the help
Take your time - daylight is also good for reading inscriptions on metal. If you want to match the inscription yourself start with this site on samurai swords > http://home.earthlink.net/~steinrl/nihonto.htm
> the links are very reliable. There's also a good section on how to spot fakes before wasting too much time - you probably want to start with that one.
Keep in mind that your grandfather brought it home as a souvenir, not as a museum piece (the few taken out of Japan from the Imperial collection and various shrines were returned long ago), now it has come down to you and you should be glad to have it even if it's a mass-produced copy. Good luck.