Friday, June 15, 2007

Japanese Sword Stick

Although this swordstick is precisely the sort of weapon I dreamed of owning in childhood, it is in rather sorry condition. It dates from the 17th century and was intended as a woman's weapon of self-defence. The short steel blade is concealed within a longer cane of black lacquer. Sadly, at the time of acquisition, the lacquered cane was split almost completely from top to bottom and I never have been able to have it restored. I still hope one day to be able to do so.

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