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Found an oriental (Japanese?) blade in a box of unrelated stuff at the flea market. Blade is a bit over 11 3/4 inches overall, 8 3/4" to the tang with a 3" tang, at the back it is a bit over 1/4" thick and 15/16 wide. Has 2 thin blood groves for about 3/4 of the blade length on the right side and 1 wide and one thin on the left. Back of the blade is straight, edge gently tapers to a sharp point, edge is still quite sharp. The tang has oriental writing on both sides. Overall condition is a fine rust just short of light pitting.
Now, what do I do with it to preserve it, get it cleaned up if appropriate and find out something about it. This is totally out of my lane.
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Need good photos. Might be chinese, hope not though.



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Please they are "fullers" not blood grooves.
Need photos of the rest.
 
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Thanks gentlemen, I'll see what I can do about photos. What is the best way to highlight the markings on the tang?
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You can angle the light to shadow the markings.You can also use white chaulk tighten the markings.
 
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Originally posted by 50 Calshtr:
Thanks gentlemen, I'll see what I can do about photos. What is the best way to highlight the markings on the tang?
Thanks.


Use white chalk in the characters.



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