All I can tell is that it's a Blue Steel honyaki gyuto.
I take the last few days’ silence on this matter to be an indication that no one disagrees with the guess (or at least, that no one has a better hypothesis). (I also suppress the assumption that lack of further posts indicates that no one cares!).... thx!An educated guess is great! Thx
It only means there is no kanji. I've had to specify kanji on some blades ordered from a Japanese vendor otherwise they would arrive unengraved.Quick question re: Kanji. Does it mean anything in terms of provenance etc... if there is no chiselled kanji (e.g. just the stamp of the type of steel) on the actual blade or tang. Does this imply the blade was made by an unsigned craftsman, apprentice? Or do you just take the word of your retailer re: the smith.
Translation help please...
Interested to know about these stamps. What does the kanji say?
Both are Suisin Hayate I. Doi. The older Kengata Yanagiba has the same stamp as the newer Sakimaru Takobiki. The newer stamp is more like a label though, it will disappear in time.
Is this just the “Hayate” mark?
still trying! I’m so sorry photos are so bad! Hopefully one of these is legible?Need another translation please. Sorry for the photo quality. It’s awful.
I think I see the 3rd character looks like “white?”