Product Description: The blade of this World War 2 Japanese Sword measures 26″ in length and remains bright, with just a few areas of light marks. There are a few minuscule nicks to the cutting edge. The blade’s Hamon (temper line) is quite attractive, with a very pronounced jagged look. The blade’s tang is signed for the firm of “Kanemichi” with a “special type of steel”. Kanemichi was a well known smith during the war. The handle wrap has light wear to it, but remains in nice conditon. The fittings are all intact, with light patina, and fit the sword well. The brown painted Army scabbard retains almost all of its original paint. This is a fine example of a World War 2 produced Japanese Sword, in excellent condition.
Historical Description: The Imperial Japanese Army numbered 1,700,000 soldiers in 1941. By August 1945, this number had swelled to 6,095,000 men. During the war, these men were sent to areas of operations that spanned a huge part of the globe, including the Mongolian border, Hong Kong, the Phillipines. Thailand, Burma, Dutch East Indies, and Malaya. These soldiers were issued a wide variety of uniform and equipment items. They had specialized footwear, helmets and other headgear, and different types of uniforms intended for the varying (and often extreme) climates in which Japanese soldiers fought. As with all the major combatants of WWII, the Japanese also had special insignia to identify ranks and roles of individual soldiers, as well as decorations to reward soldiers for their service and achievements. American soldiers who fought in the Pacific Theater avidly sought Japanese items as souvenirs, and they collected not only flags, weapons, and helmets, but items of personal equipment and even personal items of Japanese soldiers. Today, all aspects of WWII Japanese Army uniforms, insignia, equipment, and awards, remain collectible historic items.
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