Original WWII Japanese Army Officer Handmade Katana Samurai Sword by HATTORI MASAHIRO with Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. Purchased directly from a veteran's family this is an nice condition katana. The blade is handmade and expertly crafted by a master sword maker due to a few tell tale characteristics that include:
- Single-hole tang.
- Tang is signed by the maker.
- Holes in tang are punch not drilled
- Folded steel blade (fold lines are evident on the spine and body of blade)
- Vibrant visible temper line ("hamon").
Offered in very good condition with only a some areas of discoloration, it is still sharp and nick free. Blade length is approximately 26" and overall length 36". Handmade blade with signed squared off tang. Multiple temper lines clearly visible. The release button for the scabbard is missing, however the mechanics are present.
The blade on this example was hand forged at Seki arsenal, indicated by the stamped 関 (SEKI) character, and the tang of the blade is signed (Mei) with numerous characters: 濃州関住服部正廣作, which is read as NOSHU SEKI JU HATTORI MASAHIRO SAKU. This basically translates to "Made at Seki in Mino Province by Hattori Masahiro". We were not able to find much regarding this smith, however they appear to be a high level one, working in Mino Province / Gifu, the location of Seki Arsenal.
Round tsuba (cross guard) with gold highlighted menuki (grip decoration), and a nice Kashira (End Cap), one bamboo securing peg still present. Excellent stingray Sa-Me (grip) with complete Ito (cloth binding). The Scabbard (saya) is steel and in very nice condition with original WW2 paint.
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.
- This product is available for international shipping.
- Eligible for all payments - Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX, Paypal, Amazon & Sezzle