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Requesting Help Translating Kanji

coral99

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Hello,

I would like to request help translating the kanji on the tang from a Japanese sword. I see the third kanji as 'Kane' but am struggling with the rest. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Matt
 

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Toritoribe

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中野?貫
The third kanji might be poorly carved 兼. (The rest are far easier to decipher.)
 

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Toritoribe,

Thanks very much for the prompt reply and your help. Would that translate to Nakano Kanenuki? Or would the last kanji be 'kan' instead?

Thanks again.
 

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The most probable reading is Kanetsura.
A swordsmith 兼貫 (real name 中野栄三 Nakano Eizō) was in the list of swordsmiths in Seki in 1939. I can't find any of his real inscription, though.
 

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Thanks very much. That is very helpful and with a few quick google searches I see you are 100% correct. I appreciate your help.
 
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