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The publicity provided by movies, television and the printed media have helped the Samurai sword become one of the most desirable military antiques in the market. The beauty, simplicity and strength of the sword have captured the imagination of the public at large.

The sword feature in this section is a Wakisashi. The blade dates back to the early 1800's (maybe even the late 1700's). Ther blade shows some surface rusting and minor pitting. The handle has been re-wrapped using a combination of modern and old parts. The Tsuba (handguard) is missing. no scabbard is available either.

The Wakisashi was developed during the Momoyama period. It was meant to be used as a weapon for fighting indoors where the are restricted confines and where wielding a Katana would be more difficult. The Wakisashi was meant to be worn as a companion to the Katana.

The top of the handle is old and shows fine craftsmanship in the detail of the flowery pattern. This level of skill is normally associated with older swords.

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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  5. Samurai sword anatomy
  6. The Menuki
  7. The Tsuba
  8. The Samurai blade tip
  9. Reading the sword's signature
  10. Samurai sword care
  11. Identifying sword reproductions
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The mid section of the blade shows some surface rusting and minor pitting to the edge. The blade determines the value of the sword. It is important that sword owners learn the proper ways to handle the blades. this will avoid expensive damage and a redution in value.

Some tips on the handling of swords include:
  1. Do not touch the blade
  2. Store in a dry place
  3. Wipe the blade clean with a soft cotton rag.
  4. DO not oil the blade

The tip remains sharp and strong. The tip will have different shapes. This helps establich the type of sword you have. In combat, the tip was the most dangerous part of the sword. All of the quick slashing was accomplished with this section of the blade.

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 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Value $100.00 $100.00 $120.00 $130.00 $150.00 $170.00 $170.00 $180.00 $200.00 $220.00 $220.00 $220.00 $210.00 $225.00 $220.00 $210.00 $200.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade B B B B B B B B B B B B B A A A A

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