Japanese Samurai Swords.
Authentic Japanese Samurai Swords, Wakizashi, Tanto, Armor (Yoroi), Yari, Naginata, Military Swords and Supplies. AUTHENTICITY GUARANTEED: The swords and products offered for sale on this site is guaranteed to be as represented. The translation of inscriptions on these blades and papers were performed by Japanese Sword experts in Japan and/or Japanese translators living in the U.S.A. 100% refund within 30 days if my experts are proven beyond question to be wrong and the blade is in same condition. FREIGHT / SHIPPING CHARGES: For shipping to U.S.A. add $60.00 for USPS Priority Mail Insured. For shipping outside the U.S. Contact Us for Shipping Charges. LINKS: Any other Sites or persons with a link to their website listed in this site are dealers that I know personally to be ethical, honest, and very knowledgeable of the products they sell. For every sword listed, there is probably five that isn't so Contact Us if you are looking for something you can't find. Good Luck, Sam
The Japanese Samurai Sword in the United States and around the world.
After World War II American GIs brought back to the U.S. approximately 278,000 Japanese swords as war trophies from Japan and the Pacific Theater. Many others were removed or captured by British and Australian soldiers and about 3 million were destroyed in Japan. Since then, the Collectors and others have been buying them at the rate of a few hundred to a few thousand per year.
American soldiers who fought in World War II are dying at the rate of about five thousand per day and health care costs for these old heroes continue to rise. Today, more than in the past decade, these old veterans need health care more than they need souvenirs from past battles. As a result of this trend, many more of these souvenir swords are making their way into the worldwide collectors market. Many of the swords offered on this site came from WWII Veterans or their Families. Many of them consign their swords to me to sell for them for a Fee.
The Sword as an Investment!
If you are a collector or contemplating becoming a collector of Japanese swords, now's a great time to start. It is estimated that the value of Japanese swords increase between fifteen and eighteen percent per year! This is better than Mutual Funds, Jumbo CD's, Stocks & Bonds, and most Real Estate. There are many corporate executives who would not be bankrupt now if they had Japanese swords in their 401K's instead of their company's stock. If you are a serious collector, ask me about my guaranteed value and buy back policy. Try that on eBay.
Some fifteen years ago a friend of mine asked me to help him research a Japanese Sword he found in a collection of guns his Father had collected over thirty years of Military service. In short, the more I learned about Japanese Swords the more evident it became that I had to own one. I started with a single WWII Japanese Officer's Sword I purchased from a local WWII Army Veteran that evolved into an obsessive quest for that perfect old blade. I like the old blades, Koto blades or older that are still healthy and any other blade that stands out as a unique one of a kind work of art. Some collectors collect only names but I prefer the quality of the work in the steel no matter who's name is on the blade.
My Gunto collection is a very simple one. It is a fairly complete example of most of the swords used by Japan's Military from about 1890 through 1945. When I find an example better than the one I have in my collection I simply replace the old one with the better one. In a year's time, I go through many Gunto swords looking for the better blades. I simply sell off the blades I don't want to other collectors.
If Gunto swords are viewed as the Beer of the Japanese sword world, then the old Samurai swords would have to be the Champagne. There are plenty of old, average and cheap blades out there. Like in real estate where "Location" is the key element of value, "Condition" is the key element for swords. A sword is worth only what someone else is willing to pay but they pay more for nice, clean and healthy. A junker or worn out blade can have anybody's name on it. but the bottom line is, it's still junk. So, "Condition, Condition, Condition" is what drives me to value a sword, especially the old blades. Old, healthy, one of a kind, unusual, stunningly beautiful is my interest in swords from any period. Now you know, I'm Sam Young, I'm from Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
P.S. Many fine Japanese Swords get sold before I have the time to post them up on this Site. Many are sold within 72 hours of my receiving them to sword collectors and dealers who have left me a wish list or preference parameters. CONTACT ME if you want to be on my preview list when these swords come in. I apologize for not being faster in getting the swords up on the website, but at my age I don't do anything very fast.