For Sale: Difficult-to-find Japanese WW2 South Manchurian Railway katana. This sword has been described by some as the 'Prototype' Mantetsu sword--these were the first Mantetsu. This sword was made in spring of 1939--the last months that Mantetsu were marked with the symbol of the South Manchurian Railway. Like their eventual change to Mantetsu swords in 1939, these Railway symbol-marked swords have an 'N574' (or other Arabic/numeric combination) on the mune. They have the suguha temper line.
This sword is offered at AUCTION in my Store on eBay. The auction ends this Sunday evening. Between now and the day before the auction is scheduled to end, I will consider trade plus cash offers for this sword. The cash-only price is $4995 firm. If I am to take a trade plus cash for the sword, remember that I will need to sell the sword trade-in--so would need a trade/cash equivalent of greater than $5k. Cash is king in this case.
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