Original WWII Japanese Army Officer Katana Samurai Sword - Handmade by Endo Eiji and Dated August 1941
Original Item: Only One Available. Purchased directly from a USMC 2nd division veteran's family this is a very nice condition katana. It was made for a Japanese officer and is signed on the tang as follows:
SHOWA, 15th year off (1941) 8th MONTH, (AUGUST, the lucky month) A lucky day
The maker's real name was Endo Eiji and he was born in 1906. In 1924 he start training under Moritsugu Norisada. Nagamitsu became a Rikugun Jumei Tosho in 1939. Rikugun Tosho was someone hired by the Amy. His work is classed as Medium to High grade gendaiito. Gendaito is the name given to a blade that has been made in the traditional way, using Japanese steel.
The blade is in very good condition with only spots of discoloration, it is still razor sharp and nick free. Blade length is 26.75 and overall length 37. Handmade blade, with one mounting hole in the squared off tang. Multiple temper lines visible.
Nice brass tsuba (cross guard) with gold highlighted menuki (grip decoration), and a nice gold highlighted Kashira (End Cap), bamboo securing peg still present. Excellent stingray Sa-Me (grip) with complete Ito (cloth binding). Decorative collar and the release/lock button for the scabbard functions perfectly.
Late war replacement wood scabbard.
It has been over one thousand years ago that the art of making swords appeared in Japan. The swordsmiths of the time may not have known it but they were creating a legendary sword. The Samurai sword has seen combat in many battlefields. From the early days of the Samurai warrior to the fierce battles in the South Pacific during WWII.
Each hand-made Samurai sword is unique because it is forged from steel stock. A tremendous amount of work is dedicated to creating these pieces. They were an instrument of war as much as a beautiful artifact to adorn a room.
The Samurai sword has grown to be one of the most highly desired military antiques.
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