Hey gang....quite happy to have added this sword to my humble Japanese blade collection.
I've been after a ww2 Wakizashi (the Katana's smaller brother) for some time and this one is just perfect. It's not mint - but I love the used look on it. If it could only tell its tales!
WW2 fittings - but was told the blade was older given the black rust on the tang. Not sure about that - looks like the blade was oil tempered. Did they do that pre-1876? I assume it was oil tempered as there is no clear temper line on the sword. Great rayskin on the handle with a little seperation on one side. Blade is nice but has a little greying on one side. Scabbard is bamboo with a nice, worn, leather combat wrap.
All in all - I'm quite happy to have this one!! I'm adding some pics of it along with all the other blades and belts that I have that are Japanese.
PS...Forgot to mention that there is no mei on the tang.....she's not signed...but if anyone can offer any more info....I would be much obliged!