I don't know who you are - Please sign all posts with your real name. This is really a forum for armour enthusiasts, but we would try and help translate a sword for you except that all of your images are of muscle-bound hunks. I don't know if you are serious or whether you think it is funny in some way. Ian Bottomley
What I have till yet is for the mei: "Bishu Osafune......" and for the nengo: " Ei-Sho........" (1504-1521) So you have obviously an (suffering....kissaki is broken and there are very heavy nicks in the ha ) Bizen Muromachi katana in very late (not to say "tourist") tachi-mounts! Still working on the rest.......
PS: Impossible to evaluate from the pics if it is restorable IMHO.
I agree with Uwe. A hands-on assessment by a professional polisher, both of the limitations on what can be achieved with this blade and the cost of doing so, would probably be very sobering. Sometimes a blade is so tired that any further polishing will do more harm than good.
I do have this sword but I do thinking to iv to my friend for polishing.
Unless your friend has been professionally trained for years in Japan in the traditional methods of sword polishing you should not let him do anything to your sword as he could destroy it quite easily.
There UWE Do do appreciate your help, as soon I get home I will make new pictures about the tang to see clear.
About the polishing, My friend is working for 20 years and he is really good, he has done already two blade to me and it was really good work, but project like this would cost 1500 usd..so I won t give the blade to him ( and course no promise that it will be perfect) if the blade is not bringing back the pries. I know is hard to decide.
Yes if the hamon is to tied …polish never going to bring back in life…or?
To ship to japan and polish there is …how much would be…? nagasaga is 69 cm
So opinion about the koshirae, is tachi but not at all a rear one?
Hi Heni, not sure with the "Kane" also (furthermore, can`t find a matching Bizen Kaneshige !) So what we have for sure is: "Bishu Osafune ... Shige", dated second year Eisho, eighth month (August 1505). Hope that helps. Thanks Eric and Piers!
Heni for the translation, Yumoto`s book is quite helpful and Dobrée has useful Kanji tables
If things do not match up then you have to consider the possibility of Gimei in the back of your mind. Either the date or the name can be wrong. Have you tried submitting it for Shinsa? The blade may be fine, but often someone has added a signature to try and suggest that the sword is something that it was not, but resembles. If it fails Shinsa, then in such cases people here in Japan sometimes have the Mei removed and resubmit. Sshhh...
While waiting for his email, I have been looking at the books and found that there was a Koto Osafune Kaneshige producing swords around 建武 1334, a late Koto Osafune Kaneshige around 元亀 1570-73, and a Shinto Osafune Kaneshige making swords around 1684-88 貞享.
Do you see the first Kanji as 永 Ei or 康 Ko? If the former, then 永正 2, ie 1505, if the latter, then 康正 2, ie 1456. But in neither case do we find an Osafune Kuneshige active. Silence from my sword teacher also suggests at this point that he thinks I should drop the question...
You are right Piers, no Bizen Kaneshige recognized in both periods. Hmmm....., but I like the challenge Ok, maybe gimmei. In this case, we had to ask, who faked an unknown smith So I think the "Kane" is the problem here......