Hand-forged, 'modern' Japanese sword (現代刀, gendaito) by the swordsmith Ujifusa (c. 1935) in shin-gunto (新軍刀, New Army Sword) mounts with company-officer tassel. In Black Sun, Red Moon: A Novel of Java, the character Lt Ota carries a similar sword to this one, while his friend and fellow officer, Lt Nagumo carries an older, heirloom, samurai-era-blade, a true nihonto (日本刀). Photo: Copyright Geoff Smith. (Sword: Courtesy of VP Collection) Katana

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