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The blade of the sword is the most valuable part. Therefore, it is very important to make sure that no damage occurs to it. Blades were encased in wooden containers, such as the one illustrated here, as a means of safely storing it. At a later date the blade could be outfitted with military fittings or any other style of accessory to meet the user's needs.

This is a hand made Wakisashi blade. This sword was manufactured in the early 1800's.

The Wakisashi was developed during the Momoyama period. The intent was to create a weapon that was easier to manipulate in confined quarters, such as the room of a house. The Wakisashi was meant to be the companion of the Katana, which is a larger sword.

The Wakisashi had a length of up to 24 inches. Because it was a lighter and smaller weapon it was possible to wield it with a single hand.

The blade shows some surface rusting but not in bad shape. The temper line still visible. This line is important because it was used by the maker as a form of signature. The shape of the temper can be used to identify the master who made the sword.

One of the steps of sword restoration involve polishing the blade to regain the original pattern of the temper line. This can only be done by trained masters. It involves the use of various stones and techniques. A very expensive and time consuming process.

The Tang is not signed. Original rust is present (has not been cleaned). Two holes have been bored for handle-mounting purposes. Wooden pegs are used for this purpose.

The size and the shape of the Tang could help identify the school that made 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 minor pitting and remains strong. No signs of improper sharpening are present. The blade still retains some of the original heat treatment. It is important that owners learn the basics of blade handling. This will avoid expensive damage and loss of value to the sword. Some basic tips include:

  1. Do not touch the blade
  2. Do not apply oil to the blade
  3. Store in a dry place
  4. Wipe the blade clean with a soft cotton rag.

The shape of the tip helped determine the type of 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.


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