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SAMURAI SWORD 48 - TANTO


This is a Japanese Samurai tanto knife. The tanto was the smallest blade used for fighting purposes. This example is encased in a wooden container. Japanese characters are written on the scabbard. the handle has a single hole where the pin that secures the blade is found.

The blade dates back to the turn of the century (1900),







The blade is beautifully engraved with a dragon. The image is executed by striking single lines one at a time. It takes a great deal of skill to do this.

The other side of the blade has additional characters near the tip. Two parallel lines have also been carved. Their length covers 3/4 of the blade. The edge does not have a hammon.





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The tang is nicely signed with seven characters. The hole was drilled near the center of the tang. Angled file markings are easily seen.





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.





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Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $250.00 $300.00 $300.00 $350.00 $400.00 $400.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A A


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