It's not the best-made sword in the world. This stamped handle is just made to look like the traditional style. It's real, though, and it'll sell.
- Fact 1: Despite the rapid advance of firearms and air power in WWII, Japanese officers continued to carry traditional swords into combat through the end of the war.
- Fact 2: Swords were a popular trophy taken home by Allied troops fighting in the Pacific. By the late 1940s, there were more Japanese swords in the US than in Japan.
- Fact 3: While traditional Japanese swords were made with eelskin and silk grips, many produced WWII had stamped metal handles.
- Fact 4: This sword was probably issued to a Japanese non-commissioned officer late in WWII.
- Fact 5: Two Japanese Army officers infamously competed to be the first to kill 100 Chinese troops by sword during the invasion of China in 1937. They were later executed for war crimes.