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The Samurai sword has risen to be one of the most desirable military antiques in the market. The popularity is due in part to its use in movies, television and printed media. The vast majority of the swords found in the United States were brought back from Japan after the end of WWII.

The blade is the most valuable component of the sword. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to ensure it does not get damaged. For that purpose, swords would be encased in special wooden containers. Such as the one featured in this page. The blade would remain in storage until it was ready to be issued. At which point it would be outfitted with military or family fittings depending on the needs of the owner.

The sample shown here is a Wakisashi. The blade is hand-made and dates back to the early 1800's.

The Wakisashi was creted during the Momoyama period. It was designed to be the companion to the Katana. The purpose behind its creation was to have a weapon that could be used in more confined places, such as the room of a house. The Katana would be harder to manipulate in such places.

The blade shows some surface rusting and minor pitting to the edge. The temper line is not easily seen. It is important for sword owners to learn how to properly handle blades in order to avoid costly damage and value reduction. Some tips on how to handle Samurai blades include:

  1. DO not touch the blade. The hand contains oils that are damaging to the blade. Your fingerprints can be edged into it.
  2. Store in a dry place. Avoid placing in basements. They tend to retain humidity, potentially causing water damage.
  3. Clean the blade with a soft cotton rag.
The Tang is not signed. Original rust still found. Never remove the rust because it helps identify the age of the blade. The size and shape of the Tang can also give an indication of the school that produced the blade.

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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The tip shows some wear. The rust is likely to be a byproduct of improper storage. The rest ripling effect could have been caused by use. The blade has lost the Hamon. These marks were the signature of the swordsmith that created the blade.

Polishing may bring back some of the original characteristics of the blade. Polishing should be performed by a person with the proper training.

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
Value $300.00 $350.00 $350.00 $375.00 $400.00 $425.00 $450.00 $475.00 $500.00 $500.00 $475.00 $450.00 $425.00 $425.00 $415.00 $400.00 $400.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade C C C C B B B B B B A A A A A A A

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