Major John E. Murray served in the United States Army as Assistant Director
26.75" blade with yahazu midare hamon. Nakago with one mekugi-ana and takanoha yasurime. Seki Arsenal stamp with seven-charcter signature "Kanenaga(?)".
26.25" blade with suguha hamon. Nakago with one mekugi-ana and kesho yasurime. Nakago shows zodialogical "Showa mizunoe uma haru" (1942) date. Seven-character signature "Kowa Isshin Mantatsu Kin saku". These swords were produced by the Manchurian Railway Company after numerous experiments conducted by the Japanese to produce a more durable military sword that would perform more reliably in cold temperatures.
Swords are in medium state of polish with no major discernible flaws. Some minor oxidation and light rust present.
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