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Hefty katana with Dragon Horimono in WW2 Gunto mount attached with a very rare Civilian General Rank BROWN/YELLOW tassle.

This sword has a dragon and Sanskrit characters incised on its blade.

Attached with it, is a very rarely seen BROWN/ GOLD Civilian tassle that is equivalent to a General rank in the Imperial Army and there is a clan mon on the tsuka (handle).

All these indicated that the owner was from a samurai background and was someone very important with a status of a Chokunin, most likely one of Japanese advisors in Manchukuo.

Emperor Puyi was just a figure head and Manchukuo was effectively ruled by a group of Japanese advisors appointed by Emperor Hirohito.

This sword is almost straight and broad like a Chinese broad sword (dao) and the hamon is suguha. Horimono is very crisp. This sword is a symbol of authority.

The blade has gone thru a cosmetic touch up to bring out the hamon and it is in excellent condition. The blade has been shortened and has 3 tang holes. The smith's name might have been cut off when the sword was shortened.

The quality of the blade is of superb quality and it is hefty, strong and heavy.

The brown/ yellow tassle though differs from the standard military tassle of red and yellow, it was equivalent to a Military General in status and in this case carried by a member of the ruling elite of Manchukuo advisors.

This sword is a symbol of authority and not involved in field battle.

Every sword tells a story.



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