WORLD WAR TWO ERA JAPANESE WAKIZASHI

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Item Code: 770-917

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This wakizashi, the traditional Japanese short sword that would be paired with a longer katana, has a paper label glued to the upper scabbard that we have not translated, but the overall look and condition of the sword very much suggests a World War Two G.I. “bring back.” The grip lacing is all there, but shows wear and a couple of crude repairs. The sharkskin is present, but shows some shrinkage and separation on the reverse, showing underlying wood grip. Fuchi is present at the base of the grip, but there is no kashira on the pommel and no menuki on the side panels under the lacing.

The seppa and gilt habaki are still in place below the tsuba, which is textured on the surface and in the form of a petal or leaf. The blade has a good edge and point, with no delamination, but gray and brown spotting. There is no discernible temper line. We have not attempted any cleaning. There is no utility knife or utensils, but the scabbard slot is present. The black-lacquered scabbard is very good overall and the label should be translated.  [SR]

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