GI Joe Snake Eyes Sword

The Snake Eyes katana features a hand forged high carbon steel false-edged blade with double fuller grooves , etched G.I. Joe emblem, and a unique lightweight skeletonized handle design. This sword is precisely replicated from the actual movie prop and includes a wood scabbard with authentic details, a decorative display stand, and a certificate of authenticity. Each sword is individually serial numbered for collectibility.  This ninja sword is full tang - this means that the blade goes all the way through the handle, which makes the sword more sturdy and durable.  The blade is 24-1/4" long, and 36-5/8" overall.

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GI Joe Snake Eyes Sword
Model #UC2617
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Snake-Eyes is the code name of a member of the G.I. Joe team. Much of his history and information, including his real name, place of birth, as well as most everything else about him, have remained classified throughout all depictions of his origin. All that is known for certain about his military standing is that he holds the rank of U.S. Army Sergeant First Class (E-7) and has undergone Drill Sergeant training. He is also the team's resident hand-to-hand combat instructor. Very little else about his past has been revealed. He was originally billed by Hasbro Toys in 1982 as a Commando, but by 1984, in the pages of Marvel Comics, it became clear that he was also a full-fledged ninja master.

Snake-Eyes Unmasked from G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #16 (April 2003) ©Devil's Due Publishing In every version of his story, Snake-Eyes is quiet in his movements and is a swift and deadly master of multiple martial arts. He is an expert in the use of the ninjato and trench knives (which he collects). He usually carries them in pairs but often uses only one. He is equally qualified with and willing to use standard weapons like firearms and explosives. Making him even more dangerous is that he rarely relies on one set of weapons to the exclusion of others. For instance, in one mission, Snake-Eyes is confronted by a ninja with a sai and he defeats him by simply throwing a standard grenade at him. Snake-Eyes did give up much of his ninja training in later issues of the G.I. Joe America's Elite comic series. (see below) In keeping with his quiet personality, Snake-Eyes usually wears what could perhaps best be described as a black "military ninja" bodysuit, along with a balaclava and visor to cover his face, which was disfigured in a helicopter explosion which also left him nearly completely mute. Since then, Snake-Eyes has had extensive plastic surgery to repair the damage to his face, but he still has a few scars left and might never speak again. When shown out of his uniform, Snake-Eyes is around six feet tall with an athletic build, blond hair and blue eyes. He has a pet wolf named Timber that has appeared several times in toys, comics, and animation. Snake-Eyes has been shown in many of the continuities of comics and animated series to at some point being romantically involved with fellow G.I. Joe member Master Sergeant Shana M. O'Hara, a.k.a. Scarlett, and he has several apprentices, including Ophelia (Deceased), Kamakura, Tiger Claw, and Jinx.

Comics - original continuity

Origin In the Marvel Comics' continuity Stalker, Storm Shadow and Snake-Eyes served together in the Vietnam War in a LRRP (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol) unit. Also serving on their LRRP team were Ramon Escobedo, Dickie Saperstein and Wade Collins. While Snake-Eyes served in combat, he always carried a picture of his twin sister with him in his hat for good luck. While on a mission, the LRRP team walked into a valley and stumbled into an encampment of NVA regulars (soldiers). A firefight ensued, with Ramon, Dickie and Wade all being killed. (Wade Collins actually survives, and later joins Cobra, becoming Fred II of the Fred series Crimson Guardsmen). The rest of the team was able to make it out of the valley and to an LZ. As a helicopter arrived to pick up the surviving team members, the pursuing NVA opened fire, wounding Snake-Eyes. Concerned for his friend, Storm Shadow went back for Snake-Eyes. Running through heavy enemy fire, Storm Shadow was able to get Snake-Eyes safely aboard the helicopter. Upon returning home from the war, Snake-Eyes met with Colonel Hawk, who informed him that his family had been killed in a car accident (which coincidentally involved the brother of the man who would eventually become G.I. Joe's arch-foe, Cobra Commander). After some soul-searching, Snake-Eyes went to study the ninja arts with Storm Shadow's family, the Arashikage Clan. Snake-Eyess ability to quickly learn skills especially impressed Storm Shadows uncle, the Hard Master. Over time, Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow became sword brothers, and unintentional rivals for the attention and favor of the Hard Master, who liked pitting them against one another to test their considerable skills. Though Snake-Eyes often attempted to throw matches in order that his friend should save face in front of his family, the Hard Master was aware of Snake-Eyes' ruse, and knew him to be the true victor. During one of Snake-Eyes training sessions the Hard Master expressed his desire for Snake-Eyes to take over leadership of the Arashikage ninja clan instead of his nephew, Storm Shadow. Snake-Eyes refused, and the Hard Master continued with the lesson. It was at this point that Zartan (hired by Cobra Commander) mistakenly killed the Hard Master instead of Snake-Eyes. Zartan used an arrow he stole from Storm Shadow, implicating him in the murder of his uncle. Storm Shadow chased Zartan, who was able to escape in a helicopter piloted by Firefly. With Storm Shadow believed responsible for the death of the Hard Master, the Arashikage ninja clan dissolved and Snake-Eyes returned to America, where he took up residence in the High Sierra Mountains.







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