Sailors clean an F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
- Measurements: overall length 22 inches; blade length 14 3/4 inches
The sword has a slightly wavy temper line, and a silver collar with gilt reinforcement panels. It features a moko pattern tsuba with raised floral and insect designs made from gold and green stone.
The hilt is adorned with a turtle shell veneer, with gilt insects on the fuchi, gold accented broomstick and fly menuki, and a pair of serrated gold panels securing the kashira, which is decorated with a bronze bodied, golden eyed frog perched on a green leaf.
The sword has a dark brown lacquered scabbard, adorned with white moths, gold accented insect themed fittings, a black suspension cord and a kogatana with 5 symbol signature on the blade and a scene of birds in flight over a body of water on the grip.