Original WWII Japanese Katana Samurai Sword with Bring Back Certificate
Original Item: Only One Available. Obtained from a WW2 veteran's family this is a nice condition Japanese Katana. Accompanying this Katana is the original U.S. Bring Back Certificate held in an acrylic display block. The certificate is named to Sargent LIEF F KARLSTAL ASN 3778168 and is for 1 Japanese Sword.
The blade is genuine with a few tell tale characteristics that include:
- Single-hole tang.
- Hole in tang is drilled, consistent with 19th century manufacture.
- Folded steel blade (fold lines are evident on the spine)
- Traces of the temper line ("hamon").
- Wonderful leather covered wood scabbard.
Offered in good condition the blade length is approximately 26 inches and overall length 36 inches.
Round tsuba (cross guard) with menuki (grip decoration), and a nice Kashira (End Cap), one bamboo securing peg still present. Excellent faux stingray Sa-Me (grip) with complete Ito (cloth binding) as well as an officer sword knot. The Scabbard (saya) is wood, with Japanese WWII leather cover.
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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