In scabbard about 18 in long. Blade without hilt about 12 inches long. The handle looks like it has shark skin or some other sea creature skin
My father got this when he was in world war II in Japan. He never used it.
Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry. My sincere apologies for the delay with the appraisal
The presented object appears to be a Japanese "Wakizaki" short sword with unknown measurements. It was probably made in the Edo Period in Japan.
Comparable objects were recently offered and sold on the international auction market.
This piece is in bad to medium condition and there is no serious damage visible in the images provided.
A fair market estimation would be between 100 to 250 USD.
This estimate is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparable items. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and may vary.
With kind regards,