Japanese Nagoya Arsenal WW2 NCO's Katana
World War Two Japanese 1935 Pattern Non-Commissioned Officer's
Katana / Sword with scabbard (saya), blade and fuchi correctly stamped.
Good condition WW2 katana for Japanese NCO with serial number 78088
to 69.5 cm blade. This is one of the most copied / reproduced swords
on the market and copies are very good except they do not get the
blade and fuchi stampings correct. This is a 100% authentic piece.
The blade has some patina but could be cleaned; there is a very
small amount of movement in the hilt. The scabbard is not original
to the katana; it is an authentic scabbard / saya and sheathes well
but has a different serial number and the locking mechanism / catch
does not locate far enough out to hold the scabbard in place; this
is normal as a large number of swords were stored in warehouses
by the allies after WW2 and then soldiers were given access to them
to take home as war trophies and scabbards got mixed up. This serial
number indicates the sword was commissioned around 1942 / 1943 at
the height of the war and probably saw very active service. Further
pictures available upon request.