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Confused with mei reading: 武山

Acoyauh

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Hello again,
I have seen this sword mei:
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It's supposed to be seki buzan yoshikatsu.
But that would be 関武山義勝 right? What do the last 3 kanji actually say?

Also, 武山 can be read takeyama if it's a surname? I don't know of any buzan smiths, but there are plenty takeyama/takayama - am I in the right track here?

Anyway, I'm all confused, since none of my clumsy reading combinations return an actual smith in any index I know... would someone kindly help me out?

Thank you!
 

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That's 関武山義作, reading Seki Takeyama Yoshinao saku, meaning Made by Takeyama Yoshinao in Seki.
Incidentally, Takeyama and Takayama are different in kanji. 武山 can't be read as Takayama.
 

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Great, thank you so much, again, Totoribe!
A WWII smith that made both gendaito and showato... need to have a closer look at the blade. It looks well made, but if showato then it is not made of tamahagane, no matter how nicely made.

I don't know if it's an urban legend, but supposedly showato are destroyed in Japan. Is this true? This one is in Hiroshima and has its Ministry of Education registration, so I guess it's a good sign...
 

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Shōwatō aren't automatically destroyed, although military swords used to be as they were seen solely as weapons without artistic merit. Nowadays I don't think the authorities are so strict. I think they take a more lenient view of these items. As you surmise, if this one is already registered it is either a sign that the sword is traditionally made, or that the person registering the sword wasn't bothered by the composition of the sword.
 

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Thank you, Majestic. I am not familiar with Board of Education registration cards; I know they're not judgement papers, but do you know what information they have? Do they identify the sword at any detail? I mean, if I ask to see it, would it tell me anything other than that it is Japanese?
 

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The registration card tells what the item is (sword, wakizashi, spear, etc.), how long it is, how deep the curvature is, how many peg-holes there are, and what inscription is on the blade.
It will have a unique registration number, and it will identify which board of education is issuing the card.
 

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Acoyauh

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THOSE are the cards? I thought there was a different one for the export of a sword. That would do, I guess :) thank you guys!
 
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