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Help Identifying the signature on a Wakizashi Sword

vegasone

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Hello,
I am trying to identify the signature on a Wakizashi I own. I have uploaded some photos of the sword along with the signature. Any help is much appreciated.

Cheers,

Kevin
 

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駿河守国正

Suruganokami Kunimasa. Kunimasa is the name. Suruga is the location where he's affiliated with. Kami means "lord" or "governor". Its kind of an honorary title, often seen on swords.
 

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Thank you Majestic. When do you think he would have made this sword?
 

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Mid 17th century. Its impossible to tell exactly what year, but sometime after 1664, as that's when he was allowed to start using the "Lord" title. This assumes the sword/signature are legitimate - be aware there are a lot of fakes out there.
Your wakizashi was shortened from its original size.
 
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