SAMURAI SWORD 28 - ALUMINUM NCO
The Japanese Samurai NCO sword is a machine made sword that was issued to soldiers who did not have their own
family swords or for those who did not want to take their sword into combat. These swords were produced and
distributed during World War Two. The sample shown here is the Aluminum NCO Samurai Sword.
The scabbard consists of a wooden insert with a brownish metal cover. The Tsuba is a separate
piece. The handle and all of the other components are casted as one piece.
The following pictures show some of the components of a sword. A screw is placed to go through
the holes in the tang to secure the blade to the handle. In the traditional swords, Soldiers would
often make the peg by inserting a chop stick in the hole of the tang, then proceeded to break it.
swords often displayed the signature of the maker, their title and school or village on the tang.
The example shown here is nicely signed. The NCO sword does not have such markings.
The blade has a serial number stamped on the upper section. It is followed by an arsenal stamp.
A blood groove is carved in the upper section of the blade.
The throat of the scabbard is stamped with a serial number. Ideally this serial number would match the one
found on the blade. in many cases this is not the case because over the years the scabbards and swords have
This page is a recognition and identification guide for Samurai swords.
Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point
out clearly defined points that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my Samurai Sword worth?".
A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the swords is
reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth
of the edge weapons in the collector's market is illustrated.
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The tsuba is plain. It does not have the four cherry blossoms that normally appear on the
corners of military tsubas. A ring is attached to the scabbard so as to allow the sword to be secured to a
This Samurai Sword may be currently 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
If you have an interest is seeing other Japanese Samurai swords, you can do so by going to our
Japanese Samurai Swords Price Guide
identification guide. Where we cover Samurai swords from all periods.