I'm glad to have found this place. My interest in nihonto began when I was a little tyke back in the Pleistocene, or close to it. I was six on VJ Day and we were a happy family because my two uncles came back from the Pacific, slightly the worst for wear, but alive. One uncle was a navy officer and apparently did a lot of Navy cig trading with Marines and thus came home with several stuffed sea-bags. Two gunto, half a dozen Arasakis, and all manner of assorted "souvenirs." The gunto did it for me. I still have one of them, the other having been delivered to his son, who was a late-comer in the family and didn't know his dad as well as I did. Anyway... enough blah-blah. I am trying to learn as much as I can about Japanese blades and the Culture of the Sword. Better late than never! Thanks for having me.