Japanese WW2 Katana Dagger with Ray Skin Handle

Japanese WW2 Katana Dagger with Ray Skin Handle.

PRESENTING a RARE Japanese piece from circa 1944 … Pacific Campaign in World War 2.

This consists of a ray skin handled katana dagger with steel blade in it’s original wooden scabbard.

This dagger is from a Private Estate in Dallas Texas and was kept by the family with the AFH M1 1943 Bayonet (also for sale in the category) used by the owner’s father in the Phillipines in WW2. The ‘story’ is that the father killed a Japanese Officer in close combat during the Phillipines Campaign and took the dead Japanese Officer’s Katana as a souvenir. The bayonet and dagger have remained together ever since.

From circa 1944.

The Commonwealth of the Philippines was attacked by the Japanese Imperial Army on December 7, 1941 nine hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor (the Philippines is on the Asian side of the international date line). The United States of America controlled the Philippines at the time and possessed important military bases there. The combined American-Filipino army was defeated in the Battle of Bataan and the Battle of Corregidor in April 1942, but guerrilla resistance against the Japanese continued throughout the war. Uncaptured Filipino army units, a communist insurgency and supporting American agents all played a role in the resistance. Due to the huge number of islands, the Japanese never occupied many of the smaller and more minor islands. Japanese control over the countryside and smaller towns was often tenuous at best.

In 1944, Allied forces liberated the islands from Japanese control in a naval invasion.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history_of_the_Philippines_during_World_War_II

Japanese WW2 Katana Dagger with Ray Skin Handle

Provenance: From a Private Dallas Collection.

Condition: The scabbard is damaged with some losses. There are some losses to the handle and hilt of the ray skin handle but the blade is in good original condition.

Dimensions:  In scabbard it is 18.75″ Long. 6″ Out of the scabbard the dagger is 14.75″ long with the blade being 10″ long. 

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Japanese WW2 Katana Dagger with Ray Skin Handle

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