During South America’s struggle for independence from Spain, José de San Martín was the primary general and also owned this particular scimitar. Acquired in London just before starting his struggle for South America against Spain, San Martin often admired the weapon and declared it ideal for combat. The Saber remained with José de San Martín until his death in 1850 and then passed to Governor Juan Manuel de Rosas.
Tomoyuki Yamashita's Katana
During World War II the Japanese Imperial Army General Tomoyuki Yamashita, nicknamed “Malayan tiger”, famously captured the British colonies of Malaya and Singapore. Although styled in the standard military fashion of the period, his sword was forged by the famous smith Fujiwara Kanenaga. Forced to surrender at the end of the war, this sword can now be seen in the West Point Military Museum.