In good condition and matching serial numbers, a mod to late WW2
Japanese NCO's katana with original sword knot.
Worn through use but in good condition, a mid to late war (denoted
by the plain iron tsuba) Imperial Japanese NCO's katana, matching
serial numbers to blade and scabbard (131978), with original sword
knot; this means the katana was taken off a Japanese NCO, it is
not a war end surrender item (as NCO's and officers removed their
sword knots at the end of the war before surrendering their swords).
I 100% guarantee this to be an authentic Imperial Japanese Army
NCO's katana; it is not a later reproduction; the detail and aging
/ wear is correct in every way. Be warned, most items available
on the market are repros. Again, I guarantee this item is authentic.
The 70.3 cm blade is still quite sharp and in good order, though
there are some patina areas, scratches, etc. as you should expect.
Everything is firm. The hilt in good order. The blade sheathes into
the metal scabbard well; some scabbard field paint remaining. The
blade and scabbard throat serial numbers match. The blade's serial
number has the Nagoya arsenal mark next to it. The original sword
knot in tired but sound condition. My reference number is 740 (309).
Full sized / further images available upon request.