I'm new to the forum and am thankful there is one like this. I am currently in the US Navy as a Seniorchief and have been for 22 years. I followed my father as he was in both the Army & the Navy. He has since passed away and the only item of his I could pull out of his second wifes clutched hands was a Samurai sword that he had. I have never had it appraised and probably should for insurance purposes. I'm a novice on collecting these types of items and was curious on the authenticity and maybe value of this sword. Thank you in advance for the help.