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Japanese Police Sword -
Japanese swords from the WWII have risen to be a very desirable military collectible. the Japanese had a variety of swords that were issued to people from different fields. Although not as popular as the Samurai swords, these other swords are gaining popularity among militaria collectors.

At the end of WWII. General McCarthur issued a alw that made the ownership of swords by Japanese citizens illegal. The idea behind this regulation was to avoid the general population from being able to arm themselves and create another war. Several of the Japanese citizens turned the swords over to the American occupying forces who in turn brought then to the United States as war souvenirs.

The item featured here is a WWII Japanese Army Officer parade sword. This sword was manufactured and issued to higher ranking officers in the Police department.

The blade shows minor surface rusting in small sections.  The fake acid temper line is clearly visible. The temper line is reminiscent of the Hamon used in the Samurai Swords. However, the purpose of having it on this sword is strictly for decoration.

The hand guard is highly adorned and sports the 10 leaf Cherry blossom, which is consistent with Army swords.

The backside of the handle is highly decorated.

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 wire wrapping around the handle has come loose but appears to be all there.

Many WWII Japanese edge weapons are 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 WWII Japanese items, you can do so by going to our WWII Japanese Collectibles identification guide, where we discussed items from different groups and organizations.


Values for medals, badges, and other military antiques and collectibles are 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
Value $135.00 $145.00 $150.00 $165.00 $185.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade A A A A A

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