Swords in the News: Sword of surrender returned

We appreciate the dull, knocking sound that a bokken gives off when hitting the opponent’s ulna. But at FencingClassics, you’ll find a paucity of stories dealing with Japanese swords.

As a friendly tip of the mask to popular multi-kulti sentiment, let’s change things up a bit…

London—A British veteran’s last wish to have a sword of surrender returned to the kin of its previous owner has been fulfilled after an extensive hunt in Japan.

Lt. Col. William Weightman received the sword, which was made in 1624, from Maj. Gen. Shozaburo Iino on Dec. 15, 1945, when Allied forces took the northern tip of Sumatra.

While on his deathbed in North Yorkshire, Weightman told his old friend, Michael Daly, to complete a final mission on his behalf.

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