Original WWII Japanese Katana Samurai Sword by KANETSURA with Surrender Tag and Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful condition Japanese katana. The blade is genuine due to a few tell tale characteristics that include:
- Single-hole tang.
- Tang clearly signed by the maker.
- Hole in tang is punched, consistent with 19th century manufacture.
- Folded steel blade (fold lines are evident on the spine)
- Visible temper line ("hamon").
- Wonderful leather covered wood scabbard.
Offered in very good condition it is still razor sharp and nick free. Blade length is approximately 26." and overall length 36".
One side of the tang bears the makers name: 中 野 兼 貫 作, which is read NAKANO KANETSURA SAKU, or "Kanetsura Nakano Made this". Kanetsura is listed in the Seki Tanrensho Booklet printed in 1939. Their real name was 中野 栄三 - Nakano Eizou. It was common for smiths to use part of their real name in their "swordsmith" name. There is also a 関 SEKI arsenal stamp on the blade.
Round tsuba (cross guard) with menuki (grip decoration), and a nice Kashira (End Cap), one bamboo securing peg still present. Excellent sharkskin Sa-Me (grip) with complete Ito (cloth binding). The Scabbard (saya) is wood, with Japanese WWII leather cover. Of particular note is a wood "surrender tag" which identifies the original owner was used by the Japanese when they turned in "fighting implements" including swords to the U.S. after the war. There is also a leather strap, sadly broken, that originally would have secured the hilt to the 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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