Iím not sure why, exactly, but Iíve recently felt the need to share/seek information about this sword. Iíve only just begun to do any research about the sword, just enough to learn some terminology. Iíll share a little of what I know and post some photographs, and would appreciate your thoughts about the sword and any advice on its value (for insurance), the quality of the blade, and how to preserve it for future generations in our family.
My Grandfather came into possession of this sword, along with a Type 14 Nambu pistol, on May 27, 1944 on Biak in New Guinea. He was the Company Commander, E Company, 542d Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment, 2ESB. He was awarded the Silver Star for his actions on that day.
Obviously there is some damage to the Fuchi, Tsuba, and Seppa. I intend to leave as is. I am wondering, however, if replacements can be obtained? Also, the Mekugi is missing. Can I purchase replacements? Is that necessary?
Thanks in advance for any answers,