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Japanese Police Sword #2 -
Japanese WWII swords have become a very desirable military antique. The most popular of these swords is clearly the Samurai sword. However, the Japanese produced various types of swords in addition to that one.

The sword featured here is a WWII Japanese police sword. It was primarily used for parades, parties, photo opportunities, and similar activities. Unlike the Samurai sword, It was not designed for combat.

With a black, wire-wrapped handle. back portion of the handle is of metal construction. A cherry blossom is located in the center, at either side. The scabbard has a single suspension ring designed to allow the police officer to hang the sword from the belt.

The handguard shows the 5 petal cherry blossom, this is characteristic of the police swords. The qualitry of the casting is not the best. This is typical of the mass produced swords.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for Japanese WWII edge weapons. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out specific points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my Japanese edge weapon worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the edge weapon is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the items in the collector's market is illustrated.

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The handle is wired wrapped and shows the cherry blossom once again. The wire wrapping remains nicely tight. The wire is a single strand and surrounds a black ebony handle. Nice pebbling covers the spine of the handle.

The scabbard is chromed and shows some tarnishing caused by age. This can easily be cleaned. Also, notice the machine made heat temper line. This is reminiscent of the Hamon found in the Samurai swords. However, the fake temper placed in the WWII Japanese police sword is strictly there for aesthetic purposes.

The Japanese military edge weaponcollectibles are currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other Japanese military collectibles, you can do so by going to our Japanese Military Collectibles Price Guide. Where we cover items from the Army, Navy, Army Air Force and other organizations.


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