WWII Family Wakizashi with Officers handle. Bright blade with visible Hamon. Blackened copper Habaki. Iron Tsuba with copper inlay. Iron Fuchi with silver inlay of family crest. Standard Officers Shin Gunto mount with lotus blossom Menuki. Black lacquered scabbard with brass obi-tori.
Blade Length: 22.25” Total Length: 33”
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It is a lovely Japanese sword, blade with few spots of oxidation, steel tamahagane. Beautiful sword for exhibition. The wakizashi (Japanese: 脇差, "side inserted sword", in reference to the practice of wearing this item inserted through one's obi or sash at one's side, whereas the larger tachi sword was worn slung from a cord) is one of the traditionally made Japanese swords (nihontō) worn by the samurai in feudal Japan.
Unlike most we have seen, this example is not fitted with a Katana blade, but instead with the shorter Wakizashi (脇差) blade, a shorter type of sword used more for indoor use. Research indicates that these were specially made for the tighter quarters of Tanks and Aircraft, where every inch counts
$ 940 - 1100
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