I recently purchased this Shin Gunto at an auction and have been contacted by the auctioneer who tells me the 2 of the other 8 lots submitted for sale by the same person have turned out to be stolen. Having been the victim of theft myself I don't want to have anything in my collection that might be stolen. I haven't been able to translate the symbols on the haft so some assistance there would be helpful.
I have spoken to the AFP and the local ACT Police and no weapons matching this description have been reported stolen over the last few years. If anybody thinks they recognise the sword or have any knowledge of it please contact me. Any advice on what else to do would be appreciated. I can send more pics if they are required.