This sword was mounted in WWII mounts and under the leather cover is the original black saya. It now has a black silk wrapped handle and Edo style tsuba. The blade is a cut down tachi or katana, shortened about 6 inches and has a nice wavey hamon with nie and sunagashi, etc. The blade is now 19 & 3/8 inches along the cutting edge. It came from a veterans widow, Gwen McVaney from Southington, Ct. with a Japanese “meatball” flag with a prayer and hope for victory inscribed on it by the sword’s owner.