century, European, probably Scandinavian. The braided copper wires on the pommel may represent an earlier Scandinavian custom of tying a talisman to a sword hilt. The pattern-welded blade was forged of intertwined rods of steel and iron.
Full length 'Kinai-Bori' or 'Echizen-Bori' carving on an Echizen katana. It appears to be inscribed with a name: "Sword of the Last Days." The last days were WWII when the Japanese were commanded to carry their swords on them during battle .