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WWII JAPANESE ARMY KATANA SAMURAI SWORD - #15
The Katana was developed during the Momoyama period. It was designed to allow the Samurai to fight from horse back. The length of the blade is typically over 24 inches up to around 30 inches.

This is a WWII Japanese Army Katana. The scabbard is of metal construction with a single suspension ring that was used for the purpose of attaching the sword to the belt. The scabbard is Painted with the Japanese Imperial army Brown color. The tip of the scabbard is capped with a metal fitting bearing the chrysantemum symbol. The menuki is missing from the handle.

The top of the handle has a metal cap with an elongated hole. This is where the lanyard ring would be placed. This sword is the classical example of the type issued to the Japanese armed forces.




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 tang of the sword has both, painted and inscribed markings. The painted marks usually indicate production numbers from the factory. The colors of paint used more regulary include red and green.





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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  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
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The following pictures illustrate some of the markings engraved on the tang. Information may include the date of manufacture, the town or school and the name of the maker. It is important to note that not all swords were signed. Usually the signature indicated that the swordsmith was satissfied with the quality of the blade.



The shape and size of the Tang can help determine the school who produced the blade. The tang on this sword has two holes, one near the base and one near the top. These holes is where the wooden pegs rest in order to secure the handle to the sword.

The photo below has the signature of the sword maker.





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The tsuba is of oval shape and of plain design. Two openings are present. one if for the blade and the other is for the locking mechanism. This Tsuba is the typical design for combat swords during WWII. It is interestnig to note that a Seki stamp has been placed on one side.





The tsuba bears the arsenal stamp. Not all tsubas were stamped. The Tsuba served dual purposes. one was purely aesthetic, to adorn the sword as to make it more attractive. The second purpose was more practical. To protect the hand of the warrior from an incoming strike.





By the Numbers
It is next to impossible to determine the exact number of Samurai swords that were produced and issued to Japanese soldiers during the war. However, thanks to the record keeping maintained by the US Armed Forces, it is possible to estimate how many swords were actually shipped home.


There were over 500,000 Samurai swords were brought back home as souvenirs from the war.

There are several caviats to this number.

For example, some soldiers took souvenirs and shipped them home circumbenting the established process. Some of the swords were brought back inside duffle bags without anyone knowing except for the soldier who captured the sword. This fact would clearly affect the final count.

The number also does not account for swords that were taken by Allied soldiers from other countries.



Collecting Samurai swords
Collecting Samurai swords is a field that has been growing since the days the GI's rummaged around Asia bringing back military souvenirs. Japanese soldiers carried many of these swords when they went to battle. Once the soldier was killed or captured, the Americans would take the edge weapons as war trophies. Eventually all these pieces came back to the United States where military history enthusiasts began to collect them.


In trying to determine if you should collect Samurai swords there are certain factors that should be considered.

The adjacent table outlines some of the advantages and disadvantages of collecting the Samurai swords.



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.





PRICING GUIDE INFORMATION

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.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Value $400.00 $420.00 $450.00 $450.00 $475.00 $500.00 $525.00 $550.00 $575.00 $600.00 $600.00 $620.00 $640.00 $650.00 $670.00 $680.00 $680.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
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