Product Description: This WWII Japanese Sword – Toshiharu is an outstanding, signed and wartime dated piece, traditionally made, and top quality. The 26 inch blade is gorgeous and still very bright, with a beautiful edge and no signs of any improper cleaning. The tang of the blade is dated “Showa 18” (1943) and also signed by the maker, “Toshiharu.” The blade is also marked “91.” This gorgeous sword is complete with all of its fittings, which are very likely original to the sword. The handle is wonderful, and shows only light, even traces of handling and age. The grip wrap is still tight, and the ray skin is all there. The metalwok on the handle shows light, attractive age patination and toning, with intact original finish. The scabbard of this WWII Japanese Sword – Toshiharu is also extremely well-preserved, with nearly all of the original Army green surface still intact. The toning of the metal bits on the scbbard matches the handle perfectly. This is a very desirable example of a traditionally made WWII Japanese officer sword, with great visual appeal. The condition is a strong excellent.
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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