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I have an century+ old sword which has this label:

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A Chinese friend at work said she understood 光雲一刀 = "Light cloud [something] sword" but she couldn't figure out the third character, some kind of classifier, she thought maybe.

Can someone help me with that 3rd character please? Thanks in advance.

  • looks as if characters 1,2 and last (4 or 5?) are left-right reflections of 光,雲,刀 – user6065 Aug 5 '17 at 0:44
  • @user6065 Thanks for pointing that out, you're right, I made a mistake editing the picture (which was upside down) – smirkingman Aug 5 '17 at 10:54
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my initial guess, the 3rd character is 刻 (u+523b)

http://humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/search.php?word=刻

the seal script in the picture is slightly deviated from standard one.

anyway, i guess your sword is made by 光雲堂, a japanese carving knife manufacturer; maybe you can ask them directly :)

http://kouundou.com/index.html

  • Thank you very much! So it seems to say "Light cloud engraved sword", you've made my day! – smirkingman Aug 5 '17 at 10:57

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