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Japanese WWII NCO Samurai Sword Tokyo Iijima

This WWII Imperial Japanese Army NCO sword is 36-1/4” long with a 27-1/2” blade. It is a Type 95 and marks on the fuchi indicate manufacture at Iijima Sword Manufacturing Works under the supervision of Tokyo Arsenal. It appears to be mid-war made with aluminum tasuka and 8mm brass tsuba. The blade is about 92% bright with scattered oxidation and slight pitting while the edge is slightly rough here and there but completely free of anything that could be called a chip. The whole assembly is tight and secure, the latch works perfectly and the scabbard with matching serial number is free of dents and retains about 40% of its original paint. When Japanese got their hands on some allied prisoners they would truck them around to various positions, installations and details on the many islands they occupied and let any NCO’s that hadn’t blooded their swords yet whack off an allied head or two. What was ceremonial in all other armies was a brutally overused murder weapon for the IJA and is associated with some of the darkest human behavior in modern history. If you have questions please email us at tangoyankee_llc@yahoo.com This will be listed for auction on Gun Broker the evening of December 10th. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 12-01-18A--18-80-22