Original WWII Japanese Navy Officer Katana Samurai Sword - Signed Blade
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition katana. It was made for a Naval Japanese officer before WWII and is nicely signed by the blade maker. The blade is in nearly perfect condition with only a few very minor specs, it is still sharp and nick free. Blade length is 25 and overall length 36. Handmade blade, with one mounting hole in the squared off tang where there is a Naval ANCHOR stamp and painted signature. Multiple temper lines visible.
Nice steel tsuba (cross guard) with gold highlighted menuki (grip decoration), and a nice gold highlighted Kashira (End Cap), bamboo securing peg still present. Excellent rubberized fabric "synthetic stingray" Sa-Me (grip) with complete Ito (cloth binding) with fine decorative collar.
Wood scabbard with brass copper and gold highlights with no dents or dings.
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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