I've had this sword for many many years. And finally pulled it out to photograph. Sun was extremely bright so a bit difficult.
I bought this pre my forum days as a "Navel Landing Force" sword but have known for years that it is IJA. I think it is a Type 3 ('44 date?)
For the life of me I can NOT remove the mekugi. Maybe I need to pound a bit harder but am reluctant to do so. Any tips? Or Thoughts?
Overall it is in great shape however I am seeing some wear at the tip. Should I store it outside it scabbard?
Can anyone tell me what the Kanji says?
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