The Following Suggestions for Determining Whether a Japanese Sword is Old or New are Only General Guides. No Single Indicator Alone will Determine Whether a Sword Blade is An Antique or of Recent Vintage. The Blade Must be Examined In Its Entirety and Not Judged Solely on a Single Criterion. Do not Undertake to Dis-Assemble a Sword Unless you Know What you are Doing. You may Severely Injure Yourself and/or Damage the Sword.
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