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Question by  Benim (18)

What is involved in evaluating Japanese WW2 swords?

I need to know how to evaluate Japanese WW2 swords.


Answer by  Zakian (7)

The swords will have very intricate designs on the handle and most will have bronze scabbards. The average length is 39 inches for a katana. Each of the swords I have evaluated in the past have had locking mechanisms on the handle to attach to the scabbard. You will want to check for the signature or name on the blade.


Answer by  turkishtowel (455)

World War II vintage Japanese swords are valued in terms of quality, craftsmanship, and provenance. Many American soldiers took swords home as souvenirs from battles in the South Pacific theater of the war.


Answer by  eyeguy (3760)

High quality and valuable Japanese swords are much more ornate than regular battle swords. The hand carved handles and etched blades were carried by people with much money but little to no battle experience.


Answer by  dooley (22)

Often WW2 swords used by the Japanese were handed down and were orginally made during the reign of the samurai. A emblem can be often found at the base of the blade and with some skill it can be determined who and where it was made.


Answer by  Gingercakes (920)

Well, you would need to find out what kind of metal the sword was made of, as well as having an appraiser tell you what it is worth.


Answer by  eyeguy (3760)

Length weight and blade inscription. Most valuable Japanese swords are ornamental and decorative, never intended for battle. They tend to be longer and heavier than less valuable swords.


Answer by  danieljitaru (277)

Never touch a blade with your bare hands. Our hands contain oils which will rub off onto the blade in the form of finger prints, which will then form rust. Use a soft cloth to hold the blade.

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