500 year old antique Japanese Sword oo-wakizashi

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  • Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 16,2006
  • Channel: Online Auction
This is a real approximately 500 year old sword that has been refitted into the japanese officers mount for WWII.
The authenticity and age of the sword has been told to me by five different dealer/collector and/or polishers three whom have viewed the sword first hand and two only from the photos. The concensus is that the sword was made in the muromachi period about 500 years ago.
The blade is not signed nor are t any other stamps or markings that I have noticed. I'm told that unsigned swords are often the unpicked sword of three or so that were made special order for someone, only the one chosen gets signed and the others don't. I can not verify this.
The blue and brown tassle indicates a junior officer like a lieutenant carried the sword during the war. I've been told it was probably an old family sword that was used for the war.
The sword is considered an oo-wakazashi because it is just under the length that is considered a katana and so it is considered a long wakazashi.
The measurements that I took are below. I am not a sword expert and may not have measured correctly.
3 Lengths / from notch to tip
24" (this was my measurement, one of the dealers measured it at 23 1/4 or 59 cm)
/ notch to the end of Tang
6"
/ entire length
30"
Moto-haba ( width around the notch or by the Habaki-gane or metal sleeve )
1 3/8"
Saki-haba ( width around the Yokote-suji or side line by the cuting tip )
13/16"
I am told the sword needs polishing and so it is hard to see the temper etc. but I've been told it has a mixed temper of straight and wavy and one collector called the temper "hajimi" I've been told it does NOT have any of the three fatal flaws. I cannot verify this as I am not a sword expert. T is some surface rust that you can see in the photos. I am told this is likely due to dried blood from inside the scabbard from long ago.
Please ask questions before bidding. All sales final and sold as is. I cannot offer quarantees or returns as I cannot ensure that the sword is returned in the condition it was in when shipped to the buyer.
Paypal is the only accepted method of payment. Insurance is required. the ebay page is saying it is included in the shipping and handling, but I'm not sure if it is doing that right or not. It is about $1 for every $100 of insurance if shipped domestically. International is a bit more. This may be added to the final shipping price if it is not reflected as a separate amount on the ebay produced invoice.
I reserve the right not to sell to bidders with negative feedback, particularly if the feedback if regarding canceled payments. I also will not ship to the following countries due to potential for shipping problems: China, Japan, Phillipines, both Koreas, Russia, Mexico, Africa, and the MIddle East. I will only ship once funds are confirmed. As stated remember t are no returns as I cannot ensure that I get the same sword in the same condition in return. Bid accordingly.

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