Japanese Dirk identification
Just found this in my mother-in-laws basement. My wife's paternal grandfather was at Guadalcanal and in the Korean conflict. He is gone now, but I suspect he picked it up in Guadalcanal. I understand that it is most likely a civilian version of the naval dirk because of the rice pattern on the handle. Sheathed it is about 19" long. The blade is about 14." Wire-wrapped rayskin grip, machine made chrome blade. Scabbard is rusty, but not rusted through. Can anyone give me info on this? Value? Rarity? I'll try and attach pics.