A few months ago at a swap meet I saw a Katana for sale. I'm always on the lookout for low priced antiques to add to my collection and I always wanted a "samurai sword" so we haggled a bit I I bought it from him. He told me that he had inherited it from his grandfather who brought it home after WWII. That was his story, anyhow.
After researching around on the interwebs I discovered there was a lot more to these things than I realized. And that cheap copies from China abound — did I just buy a costly reproduction? Or is it the real deal?
I removed the Tsuka to see if it was signed and found these markings. I copied them as well as I could because I didn't want to clean off any of the scale & rust until I knew more about cleaning — they don't show up clearly in a photo at all.
If possible, could someone help me identify exactly what I have here?
I want to know what this is, it is for my own knowledge, I am a collector, I don't sell my stuff, I'll let the wife do that when I'm gone.