Hello all, I'm looking for assistance on authenticating this KYU GUNTO I picked up. I'm looking find if A) It's Genuine B) It's value C) How to take off the handle.
I've attempted several times to remove the handle but I have been unsuccessful.
I've done research online, spoken to other experts and even read the bookMilitary Swords of Japan 1868-1945
by Richard Fuller and Ron Gregory. So far, from my research I've found it's a genuine machine made blade and Toyotomi Hideyoshi Kyu gunto Mountings.
Please help me understand more about my sword.
Thank you in advance.