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The Samurai sword is one of the most desirable military collectibles in the market. Thanks to their use in movies and television, the samurai sword has become a household name.

The end of WWIi marked the begining of the sword ownership ban in Japan. By law, Japanese citizens were forbiden to own swords. General McCarthur did not want the general population to be able to arm again. Most soldiers and citizens surrendered their swords to the American occupying forces.

The Americans destroyed a large number of swords by dumping them into the ocean or by melting them. But a percentage made its way back to the United STates and into the collector market.

The sample shown here is a WWII Japanese NCO Samurai Sword. A katana. At one point these swords were not very desirable. The author remembers having passed the opportunity to purchase swords like these ones at swap meets for under $100.00 because they were not very popular. However, in recent years they have gained popularity and increased in value. This section of the website is dedicated to the discussion of the NCO type Samurai sword.

Aluminum handle construction. Wrapping and menuki are cast-formed. Typical WWII Imperial Japanese Army style fittings. Single suspension ring from the scabbard. It is said that during battle soldiers would not use the ring but rather would stick the sword through the belt the same way the Samurai in the old days would.

Some samples have the Menuki painted in yellow or red color.

All NCO swords were numbered. This is an example of how the number was placed in the blade. Unlike their German counterparts, the Japanese did not keep very good account of which soldier was issued which serial numnered sword.

In some cases the serial number on the blade would match that found on the throat of the scabbard. This is known as a "matching numbers" sword. Most swords do not have this property because somewhere along the life of the sword the scabbrad was changed.

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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  5. Samurai sword anatomy
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  8. The Samurai blade tip
  9. Reading the sword's signature
  10. Samurai sword care
  11. Identifying sword reproductions
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A side view of the handle shows the metal spring piece that secures the blade to the scabbard. This prevents the sword from falling when the soldier is running. Traditionally this function is assigned to the Habaki. But machine made swords like this one do not have the accuracy of manufacturing that enable the Habaki to perform such function.

This is a WWII Japanese army NCO sword. The blades on these swords are always numbered. They were issued to soldiers who did not want to take their family sword to battle.

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 the collectible.

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.


The value for the Samurai sword and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Value $430.00 $450.00 $480.00 $500.00 $420.00 $480.00 $510.00 $550.00 $560.00 $560.00 $560.00 $580.00 $580.00 $600.00 $600.00 $620.00 $630.00
Availability Common Common Common Common Common Common Common Common Common Common Common Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade C C C C C C B B B B B B A A A A A

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