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 IRON TSUBA TYPE 95 NCO SWORD is in very good condition, with two deep chips in the middle blade edge, some scattered chipping to the rest of the blade edge, some scattered scratching and spot patina at each side of the blade, some light finish abrading to the hilt, and with some light overall age wear evident (ALL pictured). Otherwise, the sword is in fine shape, with no other damage. Most interestingly, it features a 27 1/2 crisp, bright fullered blade, sports the classic one piece cast aluminum hilt that retains approximately 85% of the original brown finish, and boasts the original ca. It's stamped along the lower right side of the blade with the serial number "108153", and is complete with the original IJA WW2 Matching Numbers Type 95 Metal Scabbard in good condition, with some light loosening to the throat piece, some spot denting to the middle left side edge of the body, some light scattered spot denting at front and back, some stripping to the screw at the back throat, all of the finish having worn away, and with some overall patina and age wear evident (most pictured). Otherwise, the scabbard is in fine shape, with absolutely no cracking or other damage. Most interestingly, it's stamped with the matching serial number "108153" at the top throat, carries the original metal hanging ring at the upper left side, and bears a single arsenal mark at the front drag. The sword and scabbard exhibit a fully functional spring tab locking mechanism, and the set is a fine example of a very rare, original. Imperial Japanese Army WW2 IRON TSUBA TYPE 95 NCO SWORD. GOVERNMENT at the left front. The item "Imperial Japanese Army WW2 IRON TSUBA TYPE 95 NCO SWORD + SCABBARD Vtg IJA RARE" is in sale since Wednesday, November 13, 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.