First off I will apologise if my photo's appear in the wrong orientation to that which is desired. Secondly, I know very little about Japanese swords and need all the help I can get. I am hoping that this is not a Chinese copy or similar. From the little I know... or think I know, I thought this was a standard Japanese sword made in a factory rather than by a wordsmith. It looks like a military issue except I thought they had metal handles? Also when I took it from the scabbard I noticed it did not have a fuller as I expected or a serial number. Also it has the wavy line to the edge of the blade which I believe only occurs when the blade is layered and hammered. I don't know if such things happened but is this a family blade with military mountings?, I can't imagine this would have happened but it just strikes me as different. I noticed also that there appears to be some painted letters on the tang... maybe someone working on the blade? Shame some of the binding is missing from the handle.
I am not expecting miracles, but it would be nice if this was not a total duff piece.
All the best from Jersey