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Japanese Wakizashi Samurai Sword Not Katana Or Tanto

This antique Japanese sword is 22-3/4” OAL, 16-1/8” from Tsuba to tip, 0.969” wide just in front of the Habaki and 0.23” thick at the same point. The Habaki seems to be brass or bronze while the Tsuba, Fuchi and Kashira all seem to be iron. The Tsuka is wood with two brass rings between which on one side is a Menuki in the form of a running boar that looks like it’s iron with tiny silver tusk and eye. On the other side is a chipped hole where it looks like a similar Menuki had been mounted. One of the brass rings is loose and the Mekugi is partially out of its hole and while we can remove it we couldn’t withdraw the blade. The somewhat rusty Tsuba is a double dragon motif which is echoed on the Fuchi and Kashira. The blade is mostly silver with some staining and oxidation spotting here and there but no pitting or rust and the edge is unmolested (original) and free of any nicks or flats. The Saya is covered with a thin, textured material which may be synthetic though the overall feel is that it is too old for that. The last 1/8” of the blade won’t go into it and it may not be original to the sword though we don’t know that. An interesting old cut-up that back in the day was used for close quarters fighting, to behead a defeated opponent and sometimes to commit seppuku (ritual suicide). A handy little sword to have around! If you have questions please email us at tangoyankee_llc@yahoo.com This will be listed for auction on Gun Broker the evening of February 24th. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 02-18-20A--20-999-01