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I would opine that the sword has been "restored". Scabbard repainted, some of the fittings cleaned, and POSSIBLY tsuka re-wrapped. BUT, it is not a Chinese fake.
 

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Hi Brad, Thanks. I thought the fittings looked too fresh, figured they were at least polished. Also, the scabbard looked a bit too good. As long as it is not a fake, I can stand that. The handle wrap, if redone, must have been handled alot as it is fairly compressed and worn. It is unsigned, by the way. Thanks again.

This NCO is probably all OK.
 

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Iron and pierced brass tsubas alternate throughout NCO production without much pattern. I think it is mostly a function of what sub contractor produced the fittings.
 

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Thanks for the great pictures guys, this feature seems to be working fine on these forums.
 
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