Adornments such as Tsuba or Menuki were kept and eventually found their way to Western markets. This object was made c. 1885, it has signs of use and age which include firescaling on the blade, various dings on the handle and a slight wave in the very tip of the blade.
The end of the handle also has an indentation. All can be seen in the photos accompanying this listing. A competent silversmith could bring it back to its original glory but I like it exactly how it is. Gross weight is over 10 troy ounces, it has "heft". The item "DOMINICK & HAFF JAPANESE STYLE STERLING TANTO MIXED METAL TSUBA LETTER OPENER" is in sale since Wednesday, September 8, 2021.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "klamathtrading" and is located in Jefferson, Colorado. This item can be shipped to United States.