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This is a Japanese sword whose blade dates back to the 1750's. The length of the blade is approximatelly 13 inches. Several polishes have been applied over the years. The present one was probably given around the WWII period.

The handle is wrapped with a brown cloth. The backing consists of ray skin. A pair of high quality dragon Menuki. The pommel cap and throat piece have matching dragon patterns. The one found on the pommel is fully extended and shows deep pebbling on the surface. Very nice quality.

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 Samurai 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.

The Habaki is silver foiled and has a square pattern applied to the surface. This is a single piece style. The purpose of the Habaki is to hold the sword inside the scabbard when it is placed in. There was a designated artisan whose task was to create this piece. The complexity of the design depended on how much the customer wanted to pay.

Some of the swords were outfitted with a small utility knife. The scabbard had an opening to hold the knife. In this case the handle of the knife is decorated with a dragon mottif to match the other decorations found on the fittings of the sword.

The handle is made of brass. The reverse side has characters engraved in the pommel area. The length of the knife is around 8 inches. The artisan who created the design did a really good job. When the knife is stowed into the sheath it truly compliments the appearance of the sword. The fit is so good it almost looks like it is a permanent fixture instead of being a removable knife.

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 examples
  3. Samurai sword periods
  4. Samurai Swordsmith schools
  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
  12. Ready to buy a sword

The series of pictures above provide a very good show of how the sword and its components were decorated. As discussed earlier the knife inserts into the side of the scbbard creating a seamless appearance. A feeling of unquestionable belonging.

The Tsuba (cross guard) is a true piece of art. It displays a well executed motiff on both sides. The top displays a Samurai warrior walking in front of a traditional Japanese castle. The construction has the opening for the blade and two additional openings. A separate wedge has been added to the blade opening. This was a common practice when re-fitting the Tsuba for a different blade.

The reverse side shows extensive pebbling with a tree branch on one end and a rock with plants on the other. A Samurai figure is also in the picture.

The edge of the Tsuba has a rope-like contour. A very nice finishing touch.

The following photograph illustrates both sides of the handle. A dragon Menuki is found on both sides. The wrapping remains strong. One ray backing has a large crack.

The skin of a ray has different size bumps. When selecting the ray skin to cover the handle special attention was given to find the biggest bumps. They were placed near the pommel. This was a feature that increased the cost of the order.

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.

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Value $900.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A A

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