Looking for a decent, hoenest, katana, in shin gunto or civilain mounts with a hand made blade. Does not have to be 1500 years old, but cannot tolerate a Chinese fake. Not finding many sources out there. Seems its either rusty crap or a blade that has never been touched by ungloved hands.
Anyway, hoping some expecrts here can comment on thie pics below. The lack of grain tells me its not outright fake, but not sure on the signature. From what I understand this dates from 1943 or so.
What is something like this worth?