WWII SAMURAI WAKISASHI SWORD 58 -
This is a Japanese Wakisashi Samurai sword. The blade dates back to the 1600's but it is outfitted in the standard
Japanese imperial army attire. The handle is well wrapped and has the three flower menuki placed at the center. The
scabbard is of metal construction and has a single suspension ring.
The handle is nicely wrapped. The three flower Menuki is found on both sides. The locking mechanism has been filed down in an effort to make the drawing of the sword faster. The Tsuba is the solid type with a Chrysanthemum flower in each corner. The Tsuba and most of tghe spacers are numbered and they match.
The Samurai sword has a very rich history. The sword has been manufactured for several centuries and continues
to be produced today. The sword represented more than just a weapon. It was the soul of the Samurai warrior.
When attempting to identify the type of sword you have It is important to keep in mind that the fittings of
a sword (scabbard, handle, crossguard. etc.) may be identical from one sword to another. The reason why is
because during WWII the same fittings were used in all Army swords, Navy swords, etc. Armed forces are all
about uniformity. They strive to make everything the same.
This is the reason why a sword cannot be identified merely by its external appearance.
Understanding the different components that make up the Samurai sword is the first step in figuring out the
type of sword you have. That is the reason why we have created the
Understanding the Smurai sword section as a means to
provide a novice with the basic knowledge to start the path of determining the questions everyone has;
who made the sword, how old it is nad how much it is worth.
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 tang measures approximately 5 1/2 inches in length. Its end is straight. There are two holes on the main body.
This is where the pin is inserted to secure the handle.
The blade is in very good condition. It retains original polish. A groove (Bo-Hi) is cut on both sides of the blade. This cut was done very skilfully. The tang is not signed. It has two holes. This blade is from the Hizen school.
the edge of the blade does not have any nicks or rust.
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
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.