Hi guys, I stumbled upon this blade, (not literally... That would hurt!). But seriously, I have a few questions and concerns regarding this very old blade and hardware, with a WWII scabbard and handle (I think). I've spent hours today researching the subject today, but still would appreciate some experienced members to give a few pointers. I'm having trouble getting the handle free from the tang without trying to force it. The bamboo retaining pin was already absent, so I went to the next step and properly popped the handle loose from the ricasso but this is where my progress stops. Am I missing something here?
The sword still has a tag that has been with it for a very long time..possibly WWII era. One side is written in Japanese and the other, in English giving a brief description , including the name and manufacture date that I'm guessing is on the tang, which brings me back to my predicament ..