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SAMURAI SWORD 25 - WWII Masakuni blade

The wooden scabbard with a brownish leather cover are traditional mountings of the WWII period. A side view of the leather strap is seen on the left picture. The bottom of the scabbard has a simple leather design to it (right photo).

The three cherry blossom menuki is also a typical mounting of the japanese armed forces during WWII. The menuki is often a highly decorative piece portraying figures of dragons, skulls, insects and many other characters. The picture on the right illustrates the "tachi" hardware.

The locking mechanism consists of a small button with a flowe inscribed on its surface. Pushing the button activates a lever that engages and disengages the lock.

This picture shows some of the components of a sword. A wooden peg would go through the hole in the tang to secure the blade to the handle. Soldiers would often make the peg by inserting a chop stick in the hole of the tang, then proceeded to break it. This sword is actually held together via the use of two screws.

swords often displayed the signature of the maker, their title and school or village on the tang. The example shown here is signed by Masakuni, which was a famous sword maker during the World War Two period.

The following picture shows the neck of the scabbard. Manufactured of a metal shell with wooden inserts which allow the sword to be inserted and extracted without damaging its finish.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for Samurai swords. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my Samurai Sword worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the swords is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the edge weapons in the collector's market is illustrated.

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  1. FAQ's
  2. Samurai sword periods
  3. Samurai Swordsmith schools
  4. Samurai sword anatomy
  5. The Menuki
  6. The Tsuba
  7. The Samurai blade tip
  8. Reading the sword's signature
  9. Samurai sword care
  10. Identifying sword reproductions
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The tip shows a small nick. This is the most dangerous part of the sword during a fight.

This is a photo of one of the screws employed to secure the sword to the handle. Normally this would be a wooden peg. This particular sword is secured in two different points of the handle.

This is a photo of the tassle which is attached to the pommel area of the sword.

This Samurai Sword may be currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other Japanese Samurai swords, you can do so by going to our Japanese Samurai Swords Price Guide identification guide. Where we cover Samurai swords from all periods.


The value for the Samurai sword and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $900.00 $1,100.00 $1,400.00 $1,600.00 $1,650.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade B A A A A

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