Greetings everyone. One of my buddies has this sword for sale, and I am interested in buying it, but I have some questions first. He said that it is a Japanese Naval sword that was made somewhere around 1938. There are no markings on the blade or tang. It has a ray skin wrapped handle and an iron Tsuba. It is quite a bit shorter than the katanas that I am used to seeing. I forgot to measure it while I was there. The scabbard was once covered in a thin leather, under which is a very thin wrapping of rice paper. There are some Japanese characters written on the paper. The scabbard itself is metal and appears to have been painted a greenish color at one time. The blade appears to have dried blood on it, which is very possible since it was found in the estate of a WWII veteran.
He is asking $200 for it. Is this a decent price, or is it too rough? Any help identifying this sword would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!