Japanese Edged Weapons

Samurai Wakizashi dated to 1498

163JEW2 - Samurai Wakizashi dated to 1498. The signature is hard to make out but the tang reads Bishu Osafune ju … Kore Wo. It was made in Bishu province by a member of the Fujiwara clan and was respectfully made. The back side of the tang has an assistant smith's name Kuni Mitsu. The date appears to be February of 1498. The fittings are mid-level quality as is the copper habaki (collar in front of the tsuba - hand guard). The blade measures 20.0 to the tsuba. The tsuka-ita ( wrapped grip) is green silk. The menuki ( grip ornaments) floral and geometric in design. The pommel cap displays a dog and flower design. The blade for over four hundred years old is in good condition having a faint teper line ( hamon). The wooden scabbard is from a more modern era. $950. More Photos

Imperial Japanese officer Shin-gunto made by Kojima Katsumasa dated 1943

- Imperial Japanese officer Shin-gunto made by Kojima Katsumasa dated 1943. This Samurai sword displays enough wear to the tsuka-ita ( silk wrap ) to indicate the sword was carried. The kabuto-gane ( pommel) is deeply cast and displays excellent detail. The same ray skin shows large graining. The menuki ( metal flower ornaments) are the standard type sen on these military swords. The nakago ( tang is nicely signed and dated. It also caries the Seki arsenal stamp. the 27 inch blade has no nicks or cracks. No rust is present. There are a couple of areas of minor age darkening. There is a very faint hamon. There are three seppa ( spacers) on each side of the standard army tsuba ( cross guard) . The ferrule is also deeply cast showing excellent detail to the flowers. The saya ( scabbard) shows original brown painted finish and is in excellent condition having no rust or dings. This is an excellent example of a wartime officer's sword. $3000.Additional photos upon request More Photos

Imperial Japanese Army officer's Shin-Gunto

163JEW1 - Imperial Japanese Army officer's Shin-Gunto. This Shin-gunto was un-issued judging by the condtion of the silk wrapped hilt ( tsuka-ita) The kabuto-gane ( pommel) is deeply cast ans hand-chased indicating it was made for a higher ranking officer.The same is said for the ray skin having an outstanding pebbled texture. The menunki flower ornaments in the grip are the standard military style found on these swords.The nagato ( tang) is signed and dated 1943. It also carries the Seki arsenal stamp where it was made.The blade measures 26.75 inches to the tsuba ( crossguard).There are no nicks, cracks or rust. There are three seppa ( spacers) on each side of the standard army tsuba ( cross guard) . The ferrule is also deeply cast showing excellent detail to the flowers. The saya ( scabbard) shows original brown painted finish and is in excellent condition having no rust or dings. This is an excellent example of a wartime officer's swordSword knot is for a major or colonel. Dated 1943. $2450. More Photos

Imperial Japanese Army officer Shin-Gunto katana with field cover

148JEW11 - Imperial Japanese Army officer Shin-Gunto katana with field cover. This excellent example features a 25.0 inch long blade with a signed nakago (tang). The reverse of the tang is hand chased. The blade is in excellent condition having no nicks along the cutting edge and no dark spots or rust. There is a distinct temper line. The tsuka-ita ( hilt wrap ) is in fine condition with the samé evident under the wrap.. The kabuto-gane ( pommel) is done in the Shin-Gunto style with a highly detailed saru-te ( loop for passing though the tassel). The field cover displays normal wear to the brown leather over the wood scabbard. There is an enameled snap that passes through the tsuba for attachment to the leather cover. $1795. More Photos

Imperial Japanese Navy officer Kai-Gunto katana

148JEW10 - Imperial Japanese Navy officer Kai-Gunto katana. The tang is not signed. This Japanese Navy sword 28.25 inches long blade. The grip wrapping is in excellent condition. The menuki ( grip ornaments ) are in the Kai-Gunto style. The samé ray skin is evident under the kabutogane ( upper hilt ) and under the wrap. The three piece tsuba ( sword guard) is in the Japanese Navy style having the rays design. The long blade has a nice and wavy temper line that is in excellent condition being free of nicks , rust and dark spots. The saya ( scabbard) is black lacqered wood. There is a split that runs the length of the cutting edge side. There is a single suspension mounting cuff with ring. The standard naval ashi (mounting was not used in order that a field cover could be used. This is evident by the attachment of the snap that is still attached to the hilt. The blade is outstanding and displays well.$1650. More Photos

Imperial Japanese Army officer Shin-Gunto katana

148JEW9 - Imperial Japanese Army officer Shin-Gunto katana . The nakago ( tang ) is signed ( mei ) on both sides. The tang indcates a Seki Arsenal stamp and the name Kanekage. Thereare two mekugi-ana ( tang holes). The blade measures 25.5 inches in length and has a strong and very distinct oil temper line. The blade is in outstanding condition. The tsuka-ita ( grip wrap) is wrapped in the standard Shin-Gunto style having the three sakura ( cherry blossom) menuki under the wrap. The saru-te ( ring ) for which the tassel passes through is a braided cloth. This is not uncommon. The fuchi ( ferrule ) carries over the cherry blossom motif. The brass tsuba ( sword guard) is the standard Japanese military style for officer's having hollowed portions with four sakura on each side. There are eight seppa that provide a good fit for the standard Army tsuba with four cherry blossoms. The scabbard shows an excellent lacquered finish in the standard Japanese Army khaki brown. This Shin-Gunto is a superb example. $1,500. More Photos

Imperial Japanese Navy officer Kai-Gunto with black lacquered scabbard

148JEW7 - Imperial Japanese Navy officer Kai-Gunto with black lacquered scabbard. This excellent example features a beautifully wrapped tsuka (hilt) over the samé ray skin. The menuki ornaments are of the Kai-Gunto style three cherry blossoms. The nakago ( tang) is well marked with kanji characters. The three piece tsuba is also in the Kai-Gunto sun ray design. There are four numbered seppa that are marked "195" as are the tsuba's components. The bldade measures 25.5 inches to the habaki ( brass cuff). The blade displays a faint thin temper line. The blade displays normal light wear. The black lacquered scabbard ( saya) is in excellent condtion with the gilt ashi ( suspension rings) and semegane ( lower ornamental band and drag fitting all displaying very nice gilt. $2650. More Photos

Civilian katana with Shin-Gunto hilt with red lacquered scabbard

148JEW6 - Civilian katana with Shin-Gunto hilt with red lacquered scabbard. This katana with a signed blade measures 25 7/8 inches. The hilt wrap (tsuka-ita) is wrapped in a shin-gunto style with the menuki having the often seen three sakura ( cherry blossoms). This could be interpreted that the civilian worn his this katana while employed by the military. The is no accommodation for the saru-te to which a tassel would be secured being a civilian katana. There are two seppa between the scabbard throat and the fuchi ( ferrule). The signed blade displays clear kanji characters. The itself has a distinctive and clear wavy temper line ( hamon). The blade is in excellent condition having no nicks, darkening or cracks. The brass collar ( habaki) is is plain as is the fuchi. The burnt red lacquered wood scabbard (saya) is in good condition with a minor crack that ends the length of the cutting edge side. This is a Samurai katana that displays well. $1750. More Photos

Signed (mei) Wakishashi with black lacquered scabbard

148JEW4 - Signed (mei) Wakishashi with black lacquered scabbard. This blade measures 20.25 inches. The tsuku's ( silk hilt wrap is in excellent condition. I cannot tell what the menuki is under the wrap. The samé rayskin has been split. The blade displays several darkened areas. The kissaki (point) is missing it's tip about 1mm. There is another knick about center point on the lower cutting edge of about 2mm. The temper line (hamon) is very subtle but evident. The tsuba has two spacers (seppa) and features a floral pattern scene. The fuchi (ferrule) has an elegant man on a skiff design. The pommel cap displays birds in flight. Another elegant design motif. the black lacquered scabbarb display normal wear for its age with most evident in the area of the throat. A very nice displaying piece. $1450. More Photos

Shin-Gunto mounted older blade tachi with mei

148JEW3 - Shin-Gunto mounted "older blade tachi" with mei. This katana has a blade that measures 28.0 inches to the habaki ( brass collar). The nakago ( tang) measures 6.75 inches and displays two mekugi-ana ( holes for affixing the tsuka - grip ) that indicates the blade has been altered for modern military use converting it to Shin-Gunto fittings. The nakago reverse side displays a faint signature (mei) under the red oxidation. This sword is also dated on the reverse of tang but I cannot read the characters. The tsuka exhibits very high quality chased fittings with the presence of the family mon (crest) evident on the upper portion of the kabuto-gane ( pommel). The tsuka-ita (silk wrap) is very finely done over the samé ray skin. The menuki is the standard pattern three cherry blossoms found on this period military katana. .The fushi (ferrule) and push button release display excellent in workmanship in detail in their corresponding motifs of cherry blossoms. The pierced tsuba ( sword guard) is an irregular ovoid shape enhanced with four high relief cherry blossoms. Making the sword blade a proper fit to the tang are two seppa for the three piece tsuba. The cutting blade appears to have (I believe) a hamon in the Hiro- Suhuga or Chu-Suhuga pattern being faint without having refined crests. The kissaki (point) has a couple of minor nicks. These are very minor. The red leather covered wood scabbard (saya) displays normal outer wear. An excellent example of a tachi converted Shin-Gunto. $3150. More Photos

Showato period Imperial Japanese Army officer's Shin- Gunto katana with leather combat wrap

148JEW1 - Showato period Imperial Japanese Army officer's Shin- Gunto katana with leather combat wrap. This war period made katana features a machine made blade with a 8.25 inch unsigned nakago ( tang). There is a single mekugi-ana ( single tang hole) through the nakago identifying the blade as ubu ( unaltered). The yakiba ( cutting edge)measures 25.5 inches inlength. The kissaki (point) is sharpe and in perfect conditon being free of cracks and other imperfections. There is no hamon ( temper line).The tsuka ( hilt) is wrapped in the Shin- Gunto pattern braiding ( tsuka-ita) using mottled tan cotton in a diamond pattern overlaying the pebbled samé ( ray skin)that extends the length of the hilt. Beneath the tsuka-ita ,on each side, is the three cherry blossom design used for the copper menuki ( metal ornamentation).The hilt and blade are separated by four unmarked seppa ( metal spacers used to create a proper fit between the hilt and cutting edge). The slightly ovoid shaped brass tsuba ( sword guard) is decorated with four cherry blossoms. The blade displays use along the cutting edge as identified by several minor nicks. The brass habaki ( metal cuff that separates the tang from the cutting edge) displays horizontal lines indicating hand-tooling as does the unsigned tang. There is no arsenal stamp present. The combat leather wrapped wooden saya ( scabbard) allow for the ashi ( suspension ring) to pass through the machine sewn leather. The combat leather wrap ( rare) is in overall good condition displaying normal age and wear. The saya and katana are secured together by a push-release locking button located on the fushi ( ferrule). Nice example of a combat acquired Shin Gunto. $1450. More Photos

Signed tang Samurai katana in shirasaya ( wooden storage scabbard )

148JEW2 - Signed tang Samurai katana in shirasaya ( wooden storage scabbard ). This blade measures a full 27.5 inches ( 72 cm) from the kissaki ( point ) to the habaki ( brass collar). A true Samurai length. The tang measures 8.0 inches. The tang ( nakago) displays the signature ( mei) Bizen Osafune Sukenori, Yokoyama. This mei kanji is very distinct and appears on one side of the nakago. The yakiba ( cutting edge) display a single nick ( kisu) about 16.75 inches from the point. There is a hamon that I believe to be suguha as it is very subdued. Additionally the wooden shirasaya displays a mei towards its end. $3500. More Photos

Westland Waffen SS M40 combat helmet by ET

147JEW1 - Showato period Gendaito katana with Kai Gunto ( Imperial Japanese Navy) mounts. The tradition of Bushido ( The Way of the Warrior) was revered by the Japanese military which was symbolized by the Samurai sword. This stunning katana features a handmade blade with an 8.0 inch nakago ( tang ) signed by Kanetsuka, 23rd generation. There is a single mekugi-ana ( hole through the tang that retains the hilt) in the nakago identifying this katana as ubu ( unaltered). The yakiba ( tempered cutting blade ) measures 26.5 inches in length with the kissaki ( point ) being in perfect condition being free of any cracks or nicks. The hamon ( wavy pattern that appears along the bottom cutting edge ) is the O-notare large pattern. The tsuka ( hilt ) is wrapped in the Kai Gunta fashion using brown silk braiding ( tsuka-ita) that reveals the samé ( ray skin ) in a repeating diamond pattern that extend the length of the hilt. Beneath the braiding on each side is the menuki in the characteristic stylized three chrysanthemums mon. The braided wrapped tsuka is mint. Tied the the pommel is an officers tassel. The tsuka and blade are separated by the Kai Gunta style ovoid tsuba ( guard). Properly spacing the hilt and cutting edge of the sword are four matching numbered seppa. Each seppa and the tsuba is stamped "168". At the end of the cutting edge portion of the blade is a plain machined brass habaki (metal cuff ). The saya ( scabbard) displays Kai Gunto ( Naval) fittings over lacquered wood. The lacquered finish is in excellent condition. An excellent example of a Gendaito Kai Gunto. $2850. More Photos

Japanese Imperial Army Infantry bayonet type 30' marked with Kokura Hour Glass

134JEW1 - Japanese Imperial Army Infantry bayonet type 30' marked with Kokura Hour Glass. The pommel head displays the serial #93543. Good clean wooden grip. The blade has miner dark spots. Over all very clean with minor dell scabbard. Un-issued. $135. More Photos

Japanese Imperial Army Infantry type 30' Bayonet Kokura Arrow

134JEW2 - Japanese Imperial Army Infantry type 30' Bayonet Kokura Arrow example flat s-sided Bird's head pommel serial#244748 , Good clean wooden grip, overall the blade has miner dell with nicely blued unissured blade. $135. More Photos

Japanese Imerial Amry Infantry type 30' Bayonet

134JEW3 - Japanese Imerial Amry Infantry type 30' Bayonet Kokura Example, pommel marked with serial #2525756, good clean wooden grip with sharp, over all aged darkened blade. $135. More Photos

Japanese Equipment tag

132JEWA2 - Japanese Equipment tag $120. More Photos

Cloth Samurai Sword bag

132JEWA1 - Cloth Samurai Sword bag, this tapestry style bag features a crane and Chrysanthemum motifs $200. More Photos