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My father left me this sword that he brought back from Japan. I have heard that there were many fakes even during that time and just wondered if it can be identified and how as well as what its value is.

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  1. Driewer Driewer, 6 years ago
    Very nice piece! id say its definately real since your father was the man who brought it home. I dont know how common that one is, but some are only hundreds, but most swords are worth well over $1000. I Hope you dont plan on selling it. Its a good piece to keep in the family.
  2. Bob, 6 years ago
    I'm certainly no expert, but I did play one on.,.. er, I mean I watched a PBS show on the craft of making them. From what I understand, the real high quality swords will display a visual 'rippling' effect in the blade that can only be created through the process of folding and re-folding the steel in the process of it's creation. I am sure there is more to it than that, but that is the first thing I would look for to establish if it is really 'something' or a relatively cheaply made contemporary replica sword that would have been used in the WW II field of battle. Perhaps a close up view of the blade would let an expert help. I, however, have just shared what little I know. Good luck.
  3. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    I only know enough to be dangerous.

    As Bob says, if you see a rippled effect in the blade near the sharp edge (looks almost like wood graining); it will ID the blade as being old and different shapes to the ripple will help to date it.

    Many WW2 swords were redone using an old family blade that may date back a hundred or more years.

    An expert can then take it apart and possibly identify the maker and date it for you.

    Be very careful handling as your fingerprints will rust a good blade.

    I really like the fact that your father added the battle information and flags to the scabbard. See if you can find any capture documents on the sword and be sure to document the history of it.

    Sorry, I cannot provide much more information.

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