OKay, Quinn, I found your post. Not all of your Google photos would open, but I can see enough to comment.
There is actually a method to kantei (evaluating) a blade. Let me refer you to https://markussesko.com/kantei/, which is a university-level post by our most-prolific NMB member, Markus Sesko. The first feature to look at is sugata, or shape, which will tell you the jidai (age) of the blade. Yours looks to be late Muromachi to early Shinto, but you'll have to dig in, & start learning both the individual terms, & the history of how & why blades changed.
Yes, I think WOU is near Salem, but I havn't been out there since my grandson started college, so I don't know much about the area.