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#177455 09/06/2008 05:35 PM
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These are coming up at auction shortly , one has strange stampings on the blade either side and what looks like a broken tang the blade is more like a thin carving knife than a samurai blade ,the other has a normal blade , both are 16 inches long .Are they tourist trinkets or something more interesting ?it aws suggested on WAF they are boys swords thankyou for your thoughts . Rob.(probable price will be $300)

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They are wakizashi (short swords).
The one with broken nakago (tang) most probably is worthless - too bad it's the one with horimono (carvings on blade) which usually adds some value to the sword.
However the tsuba (crossguard) and other fittings could have some value - is the tsuba signed?
The other one, without (kashira) buttcap - does it have some mei (signature) on the nakago (tang)?

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It is very difficult to make any determination from your pictures. However, the concept of these being boys swords is quite plausible. The sons of samurai were given a sword or set of swords at the age of ten. Unless the son of a wealthy samurai, it was common to find blades of lesser value with lower end mountings such as these swords.


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Hi guys thankyou for the replies ,unfortunately viewing day is over , if I can get them cheaply say $200 I will and if I do I will post the tang marks on the other (if there are any ) Rob.


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