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  1. Dec 14, 2019 #61

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    This will be my last try on this one. Thanks to all who’ve looked. This is a different knife but kanji is the same. Hopefully this will help.
     

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  2. Dec 18, 2019 #62

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    3CC313DB-760D-4981-B1A4-01CFD6CAF363.jpeg Can someone please identify this for me. Thank you in advance.
     

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  3. Dec 18, 2019 #63

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    Sakai Kikumori. 堺 菊守
     
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  4. Dec 18, 2019 #64

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    Thank you!
     
  5. Dec 18, 2019 #65

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    Jumping in as well -
    Help welcomed identifying a Kanji: Anybody knows what it means? Thanks.

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  6. Dec 18, 2019 #66

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    Suisin
     
  7. Dec 19, 2019 #67

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    While many folks are already aware, some may not be, so I thought I'd mention this here. The manner in which Japanese was written a long time ago was slightly different from today. As a result, when it was translated to English it took the way it was written then, as opposed to now.
    Examples....Suisin....is read Suishin.
    Itimonji....is read Ichimonji.
    Kwaiken......is read Kaiken.
     
  8. Dec 19, 2019 #68

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    Thanks for your help. Do you know if the steel used for a knife it obligatory to be put on the knife with the kanjis? Or does it depend on the knifemaker, wheter or not they put the stamp of the steel used on the knife? what would be the stamp / kanji for Shirogami 1/2/3, Ginsan, etc. ... Does anybody have a Chart for all the Kanjis? Thanks.
     
  9. Dec 19, 2019 #69

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    It's not obligatory at all, depends on the knifemaker. Many low-end knives in Japan do not have them.
    shirogami 白紙
    shirogami 2  白ニ
    aogami   青紙
    aogami 2   青ニ
    aogami super 青紙スーパー   青紙超
    gingami 銀紙
    gin3      銀三
    funmatsukou (powder steel) 粉末鋼
    etc etc....
     
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  10. Dec 21, 2019 #70

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    I purchased this unidentified 210 Deba a few years ago on BST. Never used and now I would like to pass on. I would like to give the next owner some knowledge of maker or purveyor. Any help in translating the Kanj is greatly appreciated

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  11. Dec 21, 2019 #71

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    So the kanji says 源翠作 that i believe is Minamoto Midori, Im not too sure if that romanization is correct though. Anyhow, they are from Tosa I think
     
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  12. Dec 21, 2019 #72

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    While one would read it Minamoto Midori at first sight, I think in this instance it is read Gen Sui.
    Tosa knife yes.
     
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    Thank you Xeniff. Thank you Ken, and all other Kanji translators. We(me) at KKF very fortunate that you are willing to translate.
     
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  14. Dec 22, 2019 #74

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    I don't want to start another thread so I'll just ask for help to translate here. We really are lucky we have people willing to put up with our constant questions.
    I bid for this yanagiba on a whim and got it for very cheap, so I'm curious about what it actually is, any ideas?

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  15. Dec 22, 2019 #75

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    Hello, I´m not 100% sure but the first two kanji symbols are 東京 (Tokyo). I don´t know the rest sorry. I sure another forum member can translate it for you
     
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    Do you have a photo of the whole knife? Does it appear to be over 75 years old?
    I ask because the Tokyo at top, 東京 is written in an unusual right-to-left offset sequence.
    Right to left writing ended in 1945. Or it may just be for looks.
    Under that it just says Yanagi 柳 (as in Yanagiba) followed by hiragana characters which
    I "think" are ざし. zashi.
    Absolutely no idea who or what though.
     
  17. Dec 23, 2019 #77

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    For some reason I can't download the images, apologies for the low resolution screenshots.
    The description does say its an "old Tokyo yanagi" but not much more about it. There's no additional kanji.

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  18. Dec 23, 2019 #78

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    堺和泉

    Anyone know this brand?
     
  19. Dec 24, 2019 #79

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    Sorry but no additional info found. Not very old, definitely post WWII, The use of the right to left writing was just for looks it seems. Found one other Tokyo Yanagi Zashi knife, a Deba in much worse condition than your Yanagiba sold as vintage on Japanese auction site. But that's it.
     
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  20. Dec 25, 2019 #80

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    This is the kanji for the knives coming from Iida Tools.
     
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  21. Dec 25, 2019 #81

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    I tried so hard for this information —> this is like a Christmas gift!

    Please accept my warmest and most sincere gratitude for putting this to rest for me.
     
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    You’re most welcome. Merry Christmas to all!
     
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    The top two kanji seem to have been added later. Completely different styles. Almost like a name engraving
     
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    I got one. On a razor. I think it says something about Hitachi steel, but it doesn't quite match up with what I see elsewhere.

    Front side
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    Japanese part on other side

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    Thanks!
     
  25. Feb 26, 2020 #85

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    It says 日立ヤスキ鋼 (Hitachi Yasuki Steel).

    ヤスキ is katakana of 安来 (kanji).
     
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    Thank you. Yeah it was those middle ones that were throwing me off.
     
  27. Feb 27, 2020 #87

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    Stringer’s thread reminded me of a razor I have been curious about. I was told it is Towa but steel is unknown. Any help is much appreciated!
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