Japanese "ninja" sword

length: 36 1/2"
blade: 26 3/4"
blade width: 1 1/4"
grip: 9"
tsuba: 2 1/2"
weight: 2 lbs 0.8 oz

We put "ninja" in parentheses for a reason - all Japanese sword experts and modern ninjitsu practitioners agree that the straight bladed ninja sword popularized in bad 1980's martial arts movies never existed. If one is trying to be sneaky, ya don't go around wearing a sword that looks different from everyone else's sword. Might as well hang a big sign off the end that says "Hey, look! I'm a ninja!" (They didn't wear black pyjamas, either - those were the Viet Cong, a bit later in history, and they didn't use ninja swords.) Anyway, with that rant out of the way, this is a pretty decent example of the "ninja" swords that flooded into America in the late 70's and early 80's, most likely made in the Philippines. Sharp blade, cord-wrapped grip and matching scabbard. Makes a good test-cutting sword for the beginning collector looking for a bottle slicing blade. Therion has slaughtered many 2-liter Pepsi bottles with this sword. We'd show pictures, but he was invisible at the time and all the camera revealed was a blinding flash and a wicked Cheshire grin.