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    New to the Fourm, seeking help identifying Japanese knife

    Hello, I recently purchased a knife at a Goodwill store and am hoping to learn about the maker and when it may have been made. I sent photos to my cousin, who forwarded them on to his Japanese friend and this was his translation of the stamp:

    金道 (Kanemichi) is swordsmith of Edo Era (16 Century).
    However, I am not sure if the knife is genuine.
    Did your cousin show an antique specialist?

    Here are the photos I sent to him









    The ferrule is made of horn and has crusty fish scales stuck to it. I would appreciate any information.

    I look forward to getting to know this site. This is not only my first posting, but also my first visit. I apologize if I am not following proper protocol, or should have posed the question elsewhere on the forum.

    Thank you, Tom

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    Welcome Tom!

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    You're good Tom. Welcome aboard.

    From the extensive wear and lack of a spine shot to gauge thickness, it's hard to tell if this started out as (best guess) a deba or possibly even an old Kumamoto style veg/fish knife. Either way, it's kind of a nice historic piece if nothing else.

    If we're talking about the same smith here, the Kanemichi name dates back to the mid 1930's.
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    Thank you for the information about the knife.
    1930s makes more sense than the 13th century!

    It has a very thick spine which shows signs of having been hammered on.
    The thickest part is just under three eighths of an inch.





    I plan on spending some time on this site, but right now my computer is having issues and does not play well with many of the images posted here. I will surely be back once I get that sorted out.

    Thank you both for the warm welcome. Tom

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