Product Description: This is a great example of an original Japanese Tanto. The Tanto was one of the traditional sword types used by the samurai class of feudal Japan. The blade is really nice, with original luster and a vibrant hamon that fades only slightly near the tip. The blade is nice and clean, with no sign of improper cleaning or other damage; the cutting edge is free of nicks. The tang is unsigned. This attractive Japanese Tanto is complete with a resting wooden scabbard, which was traditionally used to store a sword. The scabbard shows light wear and an honest patina from age and handling. The wooden handle has a slightly darker tone, from handling over time. The blade is retained in the handle by the original wooden peg. This Tanto is a desirable, traditionally made piece, that displays handsomely. It is 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 course of 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 of 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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