I am new to the community. A few years ago, I inherited a sword from my great uncle-in-law. All we know is that he brought it back from WWII, which I imagine is a pretty typical story. In trying to research it through the magic of the internet, and trying (and failing) to make headway deciphering the inscription myself, I stumbled upon this site. I'm mostly hoping for a translation of the manufacture date, but any additional information that could be gleaned from this would be wonderful. There's another 4 characters above what is visible on that cloth, but there's a wrinkle that makes photographing it pretty tricky.
Thank you all very much,
P.S.: Sorry the one pic is sideways; it shows up vertically when I open the file...