By self-appraising your samurai sword, you can pre-determine its price which will serve as a factor when choosing between having it professionally-appraised or not.
On the whole, self-appraisal is a simple examination of your samurai sword.
” If you inherited, bought or in possession of an antique katana, tanto or wakizashi, you may have already asked this question.
Traditional samurai swords have the finest blades ever hand-forged making them highly valuable.
A genuine antique tanto will be priced, at least, USD 500.
A missing guard, or tsuba, will reduce the sword’s price by 10% while a sword without a scabbard, or saya, will be devalued to around 30%.
Moreover, collectors are keen to purchasing new unique and genuine samurai swords further increasing their market value.
Determining the worth of your samurai sword requires a certain degree of expertise that only trained professional appraisers have.
This medium sword is usually partnered to a katana.
A wakizashi in good condition can fetch a price around USD 700.