Hi Folks, I did a lot of digging and research on this before posting. Someone is offering me this katana for sale, I'm pretty sure its fake. He claims his dad brought it back from the pacific in the war.
The things that are red flags to me are the hamon is absent but also there is a lot of folded grain showing which makes me thinks its a chinese acid etch blade. There is also markings on the blade itself rather than just the tang, can anyone translate the markings?