Posted By Thomas L. Buck

"You can find the strangest things in your parent's closets."  That is what the daughter of a WWII vet said to me when she asked me if I would like this sword... According to the daughter, it was a forgotten in a sack and untouched for nearly 50 years.  Now I'm bringing here to share with you. 

To give you the specs, it is a shortened 21" Shinto blade (mid-1700's), with a tight grain and a Sugu-ha hamon.  The Koshirae are all orginal, and appear to be a hybrid of a Edo tsuka & tsuba combined with a Showa Gunto saya.  With a black horn kashira and iron fuchi, everything is orginal, tight and clean (especially the Tsukamaki), take a look.

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Here is are better views of both the omote and ura sides of the tsuka:
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Below are a couple of views of the various disassembled components of the sword.

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And, here are some views of the blade itself.
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And, as always, let me know what you think.

 
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