$12k for the way of the Samurai


2015-06-26 11:50:09


$12k for the way of the Samurai

Ancient Japanese artistry and combat clash with this pair of finely crafted 400-year-old swords

Aside from the rare medals and veterans' memorabilia which usually appears in militaria sales, here's a quick look at an ancient Japanese artefact.

A beautiful original antique Samurai daisho, around 300 to 400 years old, is currently available on the collectors' market.

The daito, meaning big sword - as opposed to shoto, meaning small sword - was typically employed in man-to-man combat.

The swords' skins bear finely crafted inscriptions

This daisho is composed of the katana and the wakizashi, the latterbeing the shorter sword.

The wakizashi, in particular, was intended as an effective main-gauche or close-combat weapon.

Four hundred years ago, this antique daisho would have been intended for defense against two simultaneous enemies,designed specifically for amore widespread fighting range.

Each sword boasts polished ray skin, one of the most expensive and highly prized forms of sword decoration at the time of the Samurai.

Antique Samurai daisho, priced 11,950

The large and small protruding nodules were hand polished for hundreds of hours to create a highly refined flat surface. This surface was then hand-dyed for an immense natural beauty.

This daisho pair is currently available on the collectors' market, priced 11,950.

Image: the Lanes Armoury

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