I really anticipated this one. Picked it up yesterday and it was night and day compared to the last (No Mekugi!). When asked if he had the handle off, he stated that there was a foundry mark on the tank. What I found was way more than I had bargained for. Also noted was the wear and evidence of quite a bit of handling on the handle. A question asked by Rod was if the tsuba was loose (still don't know how he knew to ask that) and it was. After the pic's last night I reassembled and it is a tight fit. I do not believe the mekugi was fully installed from the last removal. So, my question is, did my search finally pay off? With a signature on both sides as well as the paint, I am curious if it will yield a little more info than just a foundry stamp. The story on this is it is a bring back from Guadalcanal. I wanted to get your opinions before I contacted the seller to get additional info on the GI's family and possibly military history. Thanks so much in advance!!