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Antique Samurai Sword REAL

 
 
Reply Tue 20 Mar, 2012 10:40 pm
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.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u410/Example420/P3200098.jpg

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u410/Example420/P3200097.jpg

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u410/Example420/P3200094.jpg

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u410/Example420/P3200091.jpg

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u410/Example420/P3200089.jpg

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u410/Example420/P3200088.jpg
 
DrewDad
 
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Reply Tue 20 Mar, 2012 10:49 pm
@example420,
Step one... buy a decent camera.

Step two... learn how to use it.
example420
 
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Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2012 02:42 pm
@DrewDad,
if you cant help, dont try, thanks.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2012 02:55 pm
@example420,
Try this site: http://www.nihontoantiques.com/sell_or_appraise_your_sword.htm
chai2
 
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Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2012 04:20 pm
Your feet are filthy, and you've got dried snot or food substance on your table.

Plus, you've got garbage all over your floor.

roger
 
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Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2012 05:36 pm
@chai2,
Well, what did you think I meant when I said you could eat off the floors? I never said you might want to.
example420
 
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Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2012 07:11 pm
@roger,
no sir, that snot is not dry
example420
 
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Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2012 07:12 pm
@rosborne979,
thanks rosborne you were way more helpful then the other guys
chai2
 
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Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2012 07:56 pm
@example420,
roger's not a sir, she's a girl.

Green Witch
 
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Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2012 08:16 pm
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?
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2012 08:23 pm
@chai2,
Yup. That means we can shower together, huh?
High Seas
 
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Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2012 08:36 pm
@example420,
example420 wrote:

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".
chai2
 
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Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2012 08:37 pm
@roger,
roger wrote:

Yup. That means we can shower together, huh?


As long as you don't hog the soap.
JTT
 
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Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2012 08:47 pm
@example420,
It roughly translates to "Stolen from Yoshida Minoru".
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2012 08:59 pm
@chai2,
I can share.
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example420
 
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Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2012 09:40 pm
@High Seas,
Ill post better photos asap of the characters thanks for the help
shewolfnm
 
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Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2012 09:41 pm
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.

shewolfnm
 
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Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2012 09:41 pm
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.
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2012 09:56 pm
@shewolfnm,
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.
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High Seas
 
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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2012 09:02 am
@example420,
example420 wrote:

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.
http://home.earthlink.net/~steinrl/chinjap1.jpg
http://home.earthlink.net/~steinrl/repro.htm
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.
 

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