Mei of Maekawa Kanetsugu
I purchased this sword from a dealer at a Gun Show in May 2001.
The blade felt very light in the hand and I was stunned to see the "Sho"wa
stamp on the tang, as it felt more like a gendaito.
I was unsure of the mei due to heavy pitting.
The usual "Noshu Seki..." was there, then what appeared to be Maekawa.
At that time I had never heard of a 'smith by that name so I figured I
was reading it wrong.
One day I noticed the mei of a sword on ebay.
It was made by Maekawa Kanetsugu and the signature was very similar
to mine. However the end of the tang was shaped differently and it
had a "Seki" stamp as opposed to my "Sho"wa stamp. Both swords are
I was very fortunate that the seller had placed a second (large) image
of the mei.
As you can see the two are very similar and I believe that the unreadable
kanji on mine are "Kanetsugu saku"
This page was created 11th November 2002.