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This is a sword manufactured during World War Two by one of the famed master sword makers of the time. His name was Ishido Teruhide.

Ishido produced swords for high ranking military officers and for civilians during the World War Two period. His swords are highly sought after. He achieved the rank of Betseki in 1943 by the Nihon Token Tarenjo and the Nihon Token Shinbunshi.

The scabbard consists of a wooden insert with a brownish metal cover. Traditional military mountings are placed in three different areas. This is a typical configuration found during World War two. The bottom of the scabbard has a simple metal basic cover.

The bottom picture shows the handle taken apart and all of its components. The handle is held to the tang via the use of two pegs. The tsuba has flanges on the top and bottom, ensuring that the fit is tight when put together. Each component is marked with a matching number.

The four cherry blossoms that adorn each corner of the tsuba are also part of a typical mounting of the japanese armed forces during WWII.

This is a close up vew of three of the flanges employed to tightly secure the handle to the sword.

The following pictures show some of the components of a sword. Two wooden pegs go through the holes in the tang to secure the blade to the handle. Soldiers would often make the peg by inserting a chop stick in the hole of the tang, then proceeded to break it. swords often displayed the signature of the maker, their title and school or village on the tang. The example shown here is nicely signed.

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 periods
  3. Samurai Swordsmith schools
  4. Samurai sword anatomy
  5. The Menuki
  6. The Tsuba
  7. The Samurai blade tip
  8. Reading the sword's signature
  9. Samurai sword care
  10. Identifying sword reproductions
  11. Ready to buy a sword

The folowing picture shows the signature found in the tang.

We have received several phone calls from individuals who believed they have an Ishido Teruhide sword just to find out that the signature on their sword does not match what we are showing here.

In most cases the signature is what determines the maker of the sword. If you have a sword and the signature does not match the characters seen here then you do not have a Teruhide sword. The fittings, handle and scabbard are common characteristics that are found in most WWII swords. Those items do not determine the maker of the blade.

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.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $4,000.00 $5,000.00 $5,500.00 $6,000.00 $6,000.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade B A A A A

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