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Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi) Inscribed by Naotane. Engraved by Honjo Yoshitane (Japanese, Edo period, 19th century). This blade for the short sword (wakizashi) by Naotane is made in the Soshu style. The engraving is attributed to Yoshitane, who decorated many of Naotane's blades. The matching long sword (katana), made in the Bizen style, is also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection Date: dated 1839 Culture: Japanese Medium: Steel Dimensions: L. of blade 20 in (50.8 cm)
This 16th century Italian boarding sword was used in naval warfare. Its saw-toothed blade was used for cutting through thick ropes and cables on ships.