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rumpel9 26th March 2021 05:08 PM

Small aikuchi for comments
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Total length is 29 cm, blade length 13.5 cm.
Comments are welcome. It is also possible that someone will translate the signature on the tang.

kronckew 26th March 2021 06:11 PM

Is it still an aikuchi if it has an integral guard like this one? Is the grip loose when pegged? That tang redrilling/hole overlap looks like it'd be loose. Hopefully the habaki takes up the slack. Is the blade new, or has someone cleaned the tang?

mariusgmioc 26th March 2021 08:54 PM

This appears yo be a ken. But I cannot distinguish clearly the hamon so I wonder if it really is nihonto. The signature also looks strange, at least on one side.

The oxidation of the tang looks like fairly recent production. My guess would be Showa wartime.

I am not familiar with this type of koshirae but it definitely is not aikuchi. And most likely it is not Japanese. :shrug:

PS: Maybe you should address this to a forum specialised in nihonto, like Nihonto Message Board.

Rich 26th March 2021 10:10 PM

Agreed, post it to Nihonto Message Board. Nice looking, possibly recent (Showa) ken blade. Previously mounted - two mekugi-ana,
One through part of mei. What is the koshirae made of? Never seen mounts like that.

pbleed 26th March 2021 10:35 PM

This is a KEN, it is dated 1874, and it appears to be signed Hozan but with the extra hole and the odd orientation I am a bit challenged. The mounts are terrific

David R 27th March 2021 12:45 AM

Nice to see a Japanese blade here. I look forward to seeing more about this one.

colin henshaw 27th March 2021 08:37 AM

A most interesting and unusual dagger. Japanese double-edged blades being less common than single-edged. Looking forward to hearing more about it.

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