So many questions, so little patience. I recently purchased a WWII Japanese Officers sword. I wanted to get as much info as possible so I needed to remove the handle. Problem is no Mekugi. I have a free floating Manuki on both sides and have moved them back and forth as well as the leather wrapping. There are no retaining pins anywhere visible. Would they have placed the Ray skin over the pegs? I was told that this sword was possibly made late in the war but the Tsuba and the Habaki are both brass. Any help would be appreciated. I do not wish to remove the leather wrap.