I have what appears to be a WW2 Japanese Sword that was supposedly brought back by a GI during that time period. The blade is in good shape, the sheath is in good shape, but the handle is in serious need of repair.
From the over-all looks of it, I'd say it is a Japanese Military sword as the sheath has a single attachment point, the sword has a spring type button lock that locks the sword into the sheath, and the sheath has a cap on the end. I thought at first it was a Japanese Military NCO Sword, but after doing a little research, I've determined it is not.
The blade tang is marked on both sides. I've looked at several websites, but can't find one that actually interprets the markings. I'd like to find out what it is, what it's worth and if it would be worth the $ to get the handle restored.
Any help would be appreciated. I pretty sure it's not a fake.
Also, don't try to fix it, and a light coat of mineral oil on the blade about once a year. very light though.