I've just found this forum and it's excellent, so I thought I'd just introduce myself and say hello from Scotland, the actual place where the sun don't shine.
I'm a middle aged guy from Glasgow with a general interest in history and culture - visiting Japan for the first time later this year, which has been a long held ambition of mine.
A few years ago, I inherited a Japanese military sword from my late father who served in India, Burma and Malaya during WW2.
It has been kept in various cupboards for pretty much the last 70 years and I thought it was about high time that I started to do some research on it.
From the research I've been doing online, it looks every inch to be a shin gunto, but I was just wondering if anyone would be able to tell how and maybe even where it was made, e.g. machine made, or partially hand forged, etc. It's got a hamon, but not much evidence of hada and stamps on each side of the tang, although they're pretty difficult to make out.
I've posted a few pics here (sorry about the quality). If anyone would be happy to take a look, that would be brilliant.
Thanks and all the best