Original WWII Japanese Army Officer Katana Samurai Sword by KANETAKA with Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition katana. It was made for a Japanese officer before WWII but is nicely signed by the blade maker. The blade is in very good condition with only a few very minor specs, it is still sharp and nick free. Blade length is 27" and overall length 37". Handmade blade, with one mounting hole in the squared tang. Multiple temper lines visible.

The blade could well predate WW2 due to a couple tell tale characteristics that are:

- Folded steel blade (fold lines are evident on the spine)

- Visible temper line ("hamon").

The tang of the blade is signed by the maker: 濃 州 松 田 兼 高 作 - NOSHU JU MATSUDA KANETAKA SAKU. This roughly translates to Kanetaka Matsuda made this in Mino Province (noshu). This smith is listed in the Seki Tanrensho Booklet printed in 1939. Their real name was 松田 高市 - Matsuda Takaichi. It is very common for swordsmiths to use part of their real names in their "swordsmith name".

Fine brass tsuba (cross guard) with gold highlighted menuki (grip decoration), and a nice gold highlighted Kashira (End Cap), bamboo securing peg still present. Excellent synthetic stingray Sa-Me (grip) with complete Ito (cloth binding) there is one tear in the binding but this does not effect appearance nor will it unravel. The release/lock button functions perfectly.

Steel scabbard with wood lining, nice brass copper and gold highlights with original 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.


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