Original WWII Japanese Army Officer Katana Samurai Sword - Late War
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice WW2 katana. It was made for a Japanese officer late in the war. The blade is in good condition with minor specs and spotting, it is still sharp and nick free. Blade length is 27.5 and overall length 37.25. Hand forged blade, with one mounting hole in the squared tang. Some temper lines visible.
Nice brass tsuba (cross guard) with gold highlighted menuki (grip decoration), and a nice brass Kashira (End Cap), bamboo securing peg still present. In tact synthetic stingray Sa-Me (grip) with complete Ito (cloth binding). The release/lock button for the scabbard is present.
Wood scabbard has Army issue leather cover. This sword has all the classic late war speed of production signs, a roughly constructed single hole tang, wood scabbard, and minor imperfections in the blade. You see similar drops in quality with late war rifles and bayonets. These are actually harder to find than other Katanas.
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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