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4 Kanji symbols translation please

Postby cl » Thu 12.05.2013 1:46 pm

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Hi and thank you for taking the time to read this. A friend of mine collects antique Japanese swords and has one with Kanji that he cannot translate. I have included 2 pictures. He thinks that the first 2 might be a name, possibly of who forged the sword, and that one of the other 2 might be a number. Unfortunately, the 3rd character was lost in the fitting. If anyone could please help I would be very grateful. Thank you.
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Re: 4 Kanji symbols translation please

Postby richvh » Fri 12.06.2013 12:16 pm

Most likely all 4 characters make up the swordsmith's name. Could you attach a larger/higher resolution version of the photo of the sword?
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Re: 4 Kanji symbols translation please

Postby cl » Fri 12.06.2013 1:41 pm

I will see what I can get. thank you.
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Re: 4 Kanji symbols translation please

Postby cl » Sat 12.07.2013 4:54 am

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try this view. If needed I have one more possibility. Again , thank you for the help.
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Re: 4 Kanji symbols translation please

Postby SomeCallMeChris » Sat 12.07.2013 8:24 pm

It looks to me like the name 小村方次 (Omura Kataji) or maybe 小林方次 (Kobayasi Kataji).
It's a little hard to tell with the reflections and the hole drilled through 方. (Of course, your characters are in vertical writing not horizontal.)

If you smear cornstarch or the like across engraved characters you can fill them with a white that will show very well in photos.
(Any fine white powder will do, really, but of course you'll have to clean it off afterwords, so something that's non-corrosive and dissolves easily in water is ideal, which is why I say cornstarch.)
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Re: 4 Kanji symbols translation please

Postby cl » Sat 12.07.2013 10:28 pm

Thank you so much! he said that his guess is that your first suggestion is correct. "it looks right" so again thank you!
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Re: 4 Kanji symbols translation please

Postby SWRT » Thu 04.17.2014 10:21 am

Image

For some reason it only showed half the image.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/ ... 2b9777.jpg

I actually have a sword that has almost those same exact markings.
At least from what I can tell they look the same. Your picture is hard
to distinguish and with the mekugi hole through the character it would
be impossible for me. I was told my sword was a Chinese copy though.
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