Hiya, I need a little help with my Japanese kitchen knife

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Hi, I am from Germany new here and need a little help with my Japanese kitchen knife. Does anyone know the blacksmith of my knife? Unfortunately I can't read the Japanese signs (see attached images).

Cheerio,

Michael
 

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I'm fairly certain the top three characters on the backside spell 青鋼ニ (blue steel two). Never seen ニ circled though. The bottom characters are a bit obscured. Maybe if you could get a better closeup of those?

On the front side I haven't been able to crack the top one yet but the bottom one is quite possibly if not almost certainly 水 (mizu, water in English but that's not important as it's part of a name). I'll keep whacking at it!
 

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I'm fairly certain the top three characters on the backside spell 青鋼ニ (blue steel two). Never seen ニ circled though. The bottom characters are a bit obscured. Maybe if you could get a better closeup of those?
You are correct that the first two characters on the ura are 青鋼, the mark in the center though is a maker's mark, not 二. The bottom two characters I don't recognize right off the bat, so I'm not sure what they are.

The second character on the front side is definitely 水, and in this case I think it would most likely be read as sui. Hopefully this helps? I'm gonna go study some more kanji now
 

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The second character on the front side is definitely 水, and in this case I think it would most likely be read as sui.
Possibly. I believe names are mostly read using kun'yomi though (like 正本 as Masamoto and not Seihon), but we're getting a bit off topic here. We'll find out which one makes sense when the first kanji is solved.
 

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I may have figured the front. 寒水 looks really close and on'yomi reading would be "kansui" meaning cold water so it kinda makes more sense than "samumizu". Can't get a proper hit with a search though...
 

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Hi,
I think the knife is from Kobayashi Hontan Seikon Dojo.
There is a lefty yanagiba with the same round kanji or makers mark on the backside available on epicedge.com
 
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Hi,
I think the knife is from Kobayashi Hontan Seikon Dojo.
There is a lefty yanagiba with the same round kanji or makers mark on the backside available on epicedge.com
Nice find! The ura side is identical.
 
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