Having emerged late from feudalism, and transitioning to a modern colonial power in only a generation, Japan embarked on a path of conquest that was ended only by her defeat in WW2. Imperial Japanese Army NCOs of WW2 were issued the classic Type 95 NCO sword, which they prized just as their officers did their Samurai swords. This Imperial Japanese Army WW2 TYPE 95 NCO SWORD is in very good condition, with some light sharpening to the blade edge, some scattered scratching, pitting, and spot patina at each side of the blade, a bit of loosening between the blade and hilt, a light leftward bend to the entire hilt, 5 scattered small holes in the hilt, some finish abrading to the hilt, missing the metal tassel ring from the pommel, and with some scattered age wear evident (ALL pictured). Otherwise, the sword is in fine shape, with no other damage. Most interestingly, it features a 27 9/16 bright finished fullered blade, sports the classic one piece cast aluminum hilt that retains approximately 65% of the original brown finish, and boasts the original elegant brass tsuba, integral ito and menuki, brass habaki, and copper fuchi, the last of which is marked to the sword maker Iijima under Kokura Arsenal supervision.It's stamped along the lower right side of the blade with the serial number "92162", and is complete with the original IJA WW2 Matching Numbers Type 95 Metal Scabbard in very good condition, having been painted black at some point in the past, and with some scattered scratching, finish abrading, and age wear evident (ALL pictured). Otherwise, the scabbard is in fine shape, with absolutely no dents, cracking, or other damage. Most interestingly, it's stamped with the matching serial number "92162" at the top throat, carries the original metal hanging ring at the upper left side, and the sword and scabbard exhibit a fully functional spring tab locking mechanism.
The set is a fine example of a very rare, original. Imperial Japanese Army WW2 TYPE 95 NCO SWORD.
The item "Imperial Japanese Army WW2 TYPE 95 NCO SWORD With MATCHING SCABBARD Vtg Saber RARE" is in sale since Saturday, August 10, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Japan\Edged Weapons". The seller is "abramsantiques" and is located in Claremont, California. This item can be shipped to United States.