These markings are known as the signature(MEI). While a large number of swords bear some form of signature, it is important to notice that not all Samurai swords are signed. Translating the signature found in the Samurai sword can be a challenging task. This section explains the basics of how to decypher the characters. Most Chinese have a sweet tooth, hence the presence of sweetness in many local dishes; this also explains why there's usually no dessert offered after a meal in China.