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WWII Type 95 Japanese Army NCO Tokyo Arsenal Sword
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A World War II Type 95 Japanese Army NCO sword on which the sword blade and scabbard have matching serial numbers and the position of the number on the blade, configured to be read with the cutting edge down, identifies the sword as having been produced by the Tokyo Arsenal (The only other source for the Type 95 sword was the Nagoya arsenal, which impressed the number on the blade in such a way that it is read with the cutting edge facing up). The machine-made blade is 26 inches long. The blade is generally quite bright and, while there are some scratches and a few barely visible nicks near the tip, there are no cracks, chips, or rust. There is some old, dried oil on the blade, which would benefit from a careful cleaning. The overall length is approximately 38 inches in the scabbard. The grip still retains much of its brown paint, and the golden yellow paint on the cherry blossom menuki is approximately 90% intact. The scabbard exhibits about 70% of its original olive brown paint. The tsuba is the plain style utilized on NCO swords. A very good example of a World War II Japanese Army NCO's sword that was obviously carried in the field of combat operations.