My late father left this sword to me, he said it was "Shin Gunto " NCO officers sword. My father was aboard the USS Iowa and during his service learned Korean and was asked by the navy to translate. He was given this sword by the captain of the USS Iowa for translating captured prisoners brought aboard. Sorry about the poor pictures i'm just learning how to use power shot camera. I've looked for signature,serial # on all parts. Found 1thing that looks like emblem but didn't want too remove tarnish on the sword blade or anywhere else. The sword is in its orignal condition since I inherited it. The blade I was told was not factory made it has no marking as such, serial # or inspector stamp,nor does it have deep blood goves. it does have the 2 cloth (straps) tassles and a wooden iiner casing that goes inside the saya (it has the emblem on it). Is it real or was my father yanking me when I was little?
Thank for your time