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My grandmother has this dagger she got from her brother when he was in the korean war. Does anyone know anything about it and value?

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  • My grandmother has this dagger she got from her brother when he was in the korean war. Does anyone know anything about it and value?


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Answer #1 | 05/06 2017 23:02
It appears to be a Japanese-style dagger known as a "tanto" or "kaiken." Koreans had similar blades, but the decorative features would more-often be done in metalwork rather that what appears to be lacquer in you photograph. The decorative look makes it likely that it was a tourist piece...maybe something your grand-uncle picked up at a souvenir shop while on leave in Japan. Authentic antique blades would have been very difficult to remove from the country, be it Japan or Korea. The value would depend entirely on its quality and whether or not it was made by a known maker. For that, you'd need to take it into an appraiser familiar with Asian goods.
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