Philippines remount wakizashi

length: 22 3/8"
blade: 16 7/8"
blade width: 1 1/16"
grip: 5 1/2"
guard: 2 1/2"
weight: 2 lbs

What do you get when a Philippines smith gets hold of a nice solid captured Japanese katana and decides that it would be much better as a brass handled short sword? (That's a rhetorical question, you don't have to answer aloud). Definetly one of the most interesting pieces I've seen come out of the Philippines and WWII. The blade is quite solid and meaty, was an impressive katana at one time. It's now been cut down from the business end on back, and remounted into a heavy brass handgrip with integral curved quillons. Balance point is 1" up from the crossguard, and this sucka just *flows* through cuts and slices. Scabbard was likely the original for this blade, now also cut down to match the length. Definete hamon line visible in some areas of the blade edge.