‘Pawn Stars’: Ancient Katana Fetched a Massive Price…Or Not

by Courtney Blackann
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Who doesn’t want to win the lottery? The answer is no one. One man was certain he’d hit that once in a lifetime jackpot – in the form of a rare Katana Japanese sword. During a Season 8 episode of “Pawn Stars,” an elderly man came into the famed Las Vegas shop to see if his lucky find would pay out.

However, the sword was keeping a few secrets of its own. It had the markings and feel of a 14th century Japanese Katana sword. From the ancient words, the heavy material and the elaborate design, it looked very authentic.

Swords of that nature are “like winning the lottery,” Corey Harrison said during a video clip of the show. While the “Pawn Stars” shop was lucky enough to snag a few Japanese weaponry from that era, Harrison said they were worth about $15,000. This is far less than the man was hoping to get.

However, Harrison decided to humor the man and brought in a Japanese sword expert to examine the weapon’s origin and authenticity.

Unfortunately, the expert was able to quickly debunk any authenticity its owner thought it had. Instead of being a 14th-century treasure, the weapon was a 15-year-old replica made in China. Talk about being duped! The owner and the “Pawn Stars” star were unable to make a deal on this one.

“Pawn Stars” Coveted Treasure

Like most history buffs, Rick Harrison has a few items he wishes he could get his hands on. Though he’s seen it all – both weird and old – there’s a few things he really hopes to come across one day.

The “Pawn Stars” guru shared about what this item is in a recent interview.

“I collect books and one thing I would love to get are some books by Giordano Bruno, the martyr of science. He was absolutely one of the craziest figures in history,” Harrison said according to Fox News.

Books certainly are treasured items, however, they’re difficult to maintain – especially over centuries.

Harrison went on to add:

“He was ultimately burned at the stake after being sentenced to death by the Roman Inquisition for his heretical ideas — everyone should learn about him at one point in their lives. His books were ultimately wiped out from existence. Obtaining one today is definitely up there for me.”

Certainly, Harrison will continue digging until he finds his sacred item. The history buff doesn’t tire of his “Pawn Stars” duties. The star said he loves seeing what quirky things people will bring into the shop. He even went on to say he’d love to be a part of the show for years to come.

“As long as it’s fun and I still have a blast,” Harrison said.