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    FS - Japanese police issue tanto

    Up for sale is a Japanese tanto issued to Police officers during the Meiji and Taisho periods (1868-1912, 1912-1926).
    It is non traditionally made and features no hamon as it is through hardened steel.
    Blade is 29.5cm from tip to habaki and 42cm overall. In scabbard, it is 44.2cm overall.
    It is 2.2cm wide and 4mm thick at the habaki.
    Blade is fixed into handle by means of a thread at the end of the tang which screws into brass nut on the pommel.
    Habaki and fittings throughout are of brass and feature the police insignia on the back of the handle.
    Handle grip is made of hemp, I believe, and bound with twisted brass wire.
    Locking mechanism is of steel and in working condition.
    Scabbard is steel, previously chromed but that has worn off.

    The blade condition is not great, there are patches of spider rust and a couple of deeper pits but no active rust or chips in the edge.
    Blade to handle connection is solid with no play in the fittings.

    Price is US$260. Paypal preferred(charges included), TT also acceptable.
    Buyer pays shipping to be arranged at cost.



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