Inscribed by Naotane (Japanese, 1778–1857). Blade for a Short Sword (Wakizashi). Engraved by Yoshitane (Japanese), dated 1839. Japanese. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Brayton Ives and W.T. Walters, 1891 (91.2.84) #sword
This green glass-bladed knife was made using the old ways, using the technique of knapping, which was used by our stone-age ancestors to shape stones into tools. The emerald green fiber optic blade makes this knife a rather striking display piece.