You are correct, the swords used in WWII were of budget quality mass produced for almost every Japanese military personnel, beside those who had bought family nihonto. I am fully aware of their names and reference, as my Kendo instructor was a Japanese NCO in WWII. What i referred to is what they are generally known as. and especially in the martial world a "japanese Sword", is usually refered to as a Samurai Katana or Samurai Sword. And for a little interesting fact; all Japanese Military personnel in WWII were adopted into the Samurai class to promote honour and service to the Country and cause, it was also the reason why they were all issued "Samurai Swords". So i mean no disrespect but i was merely trying to state fact, and as i said i agree with you, i doubt that a WWII Gunto would cut through a rifle barrell and stock.