10/27/2011 1:58pm, #11
It's not a wall hanger, wall hangers are usually made from crap quality materials, so you can hang it on the wall and it will look like an antique katana, of course most are so gaudy it's hard to think people believe it but hey.
Just because it isn't wallhanger spec, doesnt make it anything special. Machetes are sturdy too.
I don't know how its assembled, but it's clearly not held together with a mekugi, it looks like the tsuka is either glued on, or the end cap is threaded inside, perhaps thats what the hole is for, not a tassle, but a means of tightening it
10/27/2011 1:59pm, #12
Oh you do score points for trying to do a destruction test against concrete before wondering if it had value. Good thing it doesn't.
10/27/2011 2:02pm, #13
Now here's a crappy rat tail tang, that serendipitously enough seems to be the exact sword you've got.
Note: have a look at the guard sitting on the right side of this pic...
Some of those style of ninja swords have two pieces of wood separated by brass "washers", while others have one piece like yours, but they're otherwise identical.
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10/27/2011 2:06pm, #14
What he said^ but try a phillips screwdriver or other rod slid through that hole to unscrew it, most likely revealing the rat-tail tang.
10/27/2011 2:11pm, #15
If you want some pictures of a "sturdy" fake, I'll take some of Big Bertha, my tameshigiri blade, made by some australian guy, I forgot his name, but hes well know for them, maybe Dave will know.
10/27/2011 2:22pm, #16
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10/27/2011 2:53pm, #18
Pretty much all the bases have been covered with people's posts thus far, I'll reiterate however that it's not Japanese."To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men".
10/27/2011 6:06pm, #19
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When I was in Japan, the touristy gift shops had tons of these for sale. Ironically they were imported from China.
10/27/2011 6:12pm, #20