My name is Ralph Messer and I am the webmaster and senior researcher for the Livingston County War Museum in Pontiac, Illinois. A couple of years ago we had a Japanese sword donated to the museum, but we cannot definitively identify the type or age of the sword. I have several pics of the tang markings but they are very hard to read.
The sword was donated along with a Type 99 "Last Ditch" rifle. We were told by the family that donated it that the sword and rifle were taken from the body of a dead Japanese soldier in the closing weeks of the war. Any help in identification and possible history of the sword would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time. Our website URL is <livingstoncountywarmuseum.com>