It is always interesting to get artifacts for World War 2, I especially like to see when the Samurai Swords come in. One thing that is neat about them is that they could possibly be family swords that date way back before the war. As many families gave the man of the family that went to war the family sword. Many of the oldest ones are made of Damascus steel. Often times there will be a family name or crest on the blade. Sometimes there will just be a makers name rather than a family name. There are a few blades that were made specifically for the war that were machine made and stamped with serial numbers. That variety is actually illegal to own in Japan. Ours here is a Wakizashi under 24" with a Japanese inscription which I have been researching to see whether it is a family name or a makers mark. Thanks for reading!