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I was given both swords by grandmother she was told that they were  taken off a fallen Japanese soldier at Okinawa in june 1945 i cant find any info on sword wondering if it was just a family piece or even if story is true if u could give me any information on them thank you

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Greetings

It would be an honor to help.  You have 2 blades from the Philippines.  The smaller one is called a Gunong or a Kris knife.  It has some similarities to the larger Kris sword.  Your second weapon is a Luzon sword and it has been modified.  When the Japanese took over the Philippines they loved the local bladed weapons and used them.  When US troops retook the island these blades were shipped back to US in large numbers.  They are not Japanese swords but were most likely owned by a Japanese soldier.  

They are not worth a large amount as they are still produced in the Philippians for tourists.  

I hope this helps and enjoy the links

Thank you

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunong

  
http://www.arscives.com/historysteel/philippines.swords.htm  

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