Hello community, this is my first post here and I wish to apologize if i mess something up. I am not a historian or military collector. I have come into possession via hand me down within the family of what i believe to be a late war Shin-Gunto.
Can those more experienced in these items please assist me in identifying the writing and markings on the item and validating if its a reproduction or real?
I took the time to learn how to disassemble one and made some notes, i am still learning the part terminology.
The Blade was attached to the handle via a screw close to the hilt and a wooden dowel at the other end. The grip binding was overlapping the dowel so i had to carefully slide it enough to free the dowel.
I have not cleaned the item at all and left all dirt and rust still on it. Its covered in heavy dust especially around the hilt guard.
I could not find any serial number on the blade or scabbard. Attached are the images of the item.
Thank you for your assistance.