14 - A good hand-made Japanese WWII Imperial Marine samurai sword signed "Masa Shige ?" broad blade with an almost sudare-type temper on the right side and complex straight temper on the right, 26.5" blade. The tang well signed with 6-character signature and star inspection stamp. Polishing marks visible. Hilt of typical Marine-style still retaining an original knot and good wrap. The lightweight brown lacquered composition scabbard, overall in acceptable condition. This is a hand-made water-tempered traditional samurai sword, not to be confused with the usual oil tempered sword.
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