Original WWII Japanese Navy Officer Katana Samurai Sword with Scabbard - Matching Numbers
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition naval-issue katana. The blade is in nearly perfect condition with only a few very minor scuffs, it is still sharp and nick free. Blade length is 25.5 and overall length 36. Machine forged blade, with one mounting hole in the squared off tang where there is a Naval ANCHOR stamp. The blade retains all of the original factory finish, with a machined temper line.
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 sharkskin" Sa-Me (grip) with complete Ito (cloth binding) with fine decorative collar. Condition of the blade, scabbard and fittings is superb, indicating that this sword may have never been issued.
Wood scabbard with brass copper and gold highlights has only a few small dents and dings. The Blade, Hilt, and all parts are marked 76, indicating an original matched set made for this specific blade. The blade itself is marked in lacquer ? ?, the Japanese characters for 7 (nana) and 6 (roku). The tsuka (handle) is extremely tight fitting, so the securing pin is not present, as at present the hole for it does not quite line up.
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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