Hello, I am new to your forum, thank you for the permission to post. I collect militaria so a friend came to me with his "Samurai Swords," and asked for help identifying and possibly authenticating them. ( and we will not be using any information gained from this forum without authorized permission) It is not my field whatsoever , and I heard that here I could find informed opinions and factual information . So Gentlemen and or Ladies ,I offer you these photos for any information you might have, and I thank you for sharing your valuable time and information. My photos are lousy at best, but if necessary I will update with clearer photos. Have at em'!