This is not one of the current Asian imported brass handled fakes and has original, authentic stamped original markings of the Suya Sword Mfg. These marks are faked on the repros, either stamped or laser engraved, but they are not identical to these.
The serial number in the high 13,000 range is the highest I have seen since most copper handled swords are numbered 0001-10,000 or so. It is no doubt original, as is the matching numbered scabbard with original paint and standard drag. The blade is free of rust, nicks or major scratches and overall condition of this sword is exceptional--I have not cleaned it other than keeping the blade clean and oiled with choji.
The lanyard is a very well made reproduction. Please study the photos carefully so you know exactly what you will receive.
There should be no need to upgrade if you are looking for the ultimate NCO sword in outstanding untouched condition. Thank you, and enjoy the photos. The item "Rare WWII Japanese NCO Sword, Copper Handle" is in sale since Monday, November 1, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Japan\Edged Weapons".
The seller is "b24d" and is located in Allensville, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.