THE JAPANESE SWORD

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JAPANESE SWORD
GLOSSARIES
Graphical glossaries of the parts of Japanese sword blades and types of sword mounts including katana and tachi. Major shapes of Japanese sword blades, types of sword flaws, styles of hamon, hada, boshi and nakago. Unusual styles of tanto, including rare kubikiri tanto. Glossary of naginata and yari.

Japanese Sword Visual Glossary
Japanese Sword Glossary
Sword Blade Terminology
Sword Tang Terminology
Sword Blade Measurement
Japanese Sword Flaws (Kizu)
Blade Lamination Methods
Unusual Japanese Tanto
Japanese Polearms

JAPANESE SWORD TSUBA
Introduction to tsuba, shapes, periods of major schools of tsuba artists, elegant iron tsuba. Articles by Jim Gilbert.

Tsuba Terminology
Schools of Tsuba Artists
Tsuba Identification Guide
Cleaning Iron Tsuba
Japanese Tsuba Plates
Elegant Iron Tsuba
Saotome-Tembo Tsuba
Ko-Nara Tsuba
Sanmai Tsuba
Daisho Tsuba

JAPANESE SWORD
CLUBS AND REFERENCES
Listing of Japanese sword study groups around the world. Calendar of sword events. Information on Japanese sword email discussion groups and online message boards. Extensive list of reference books and links to online bookstores.

Japanese Sword Clubs
Japanese Sword Books
Japanese Sword Events
Sword Discussion Groups
Japanese Sword Humor

JAPANESE SWORD
POLISHING
Articles by togishi Jon Bowhay on various aspects of polishing and appreciating the Japanese sword.

History and Methods of Polishing
Hada and Nugui
Hadori and Sashikomi Polish

JAPANESE SWORD
LINK PAGES
WWW links to other sites concerning Japanese swords, in English, Japanese and other languages. Links to sites concerning Japanese sword martial arts. Links to sites concerning other types of swords. Over 200 linked sites.

Japanese Sword Sites I (English)
Japanese Sword Sites II (English)
Japanese Sword Sites (Japanese/other)
Japanese Sword Martial Arts Sites
Swords of the World Sites

TRANSLATING JAPANESE
SWORD SIGNATURES

Tables of Kanji characters used in Japanese swordsmith signatures. Tables of Kanji of Japanese provinces. Tables of Kanji to translate sword tang date inscriptions, nengo and zodiacal.


Translating Swordsmith Names
Translating Japanese Provinces
Translating Date Inscriptions
Translating Zodiacal Inscriptions
Hiragana Conversion Table

JAPANESE SWORD
HISTORY AND CARE

Major eras of Japanese history and periods of the Japanese sword. Introduction to Japanese sword care. NBTHK sword care guide. Sword inventory record sheet. Instructions on wrapping sageo. Authentic, antique or modern reproduction? Authentication papers (origami). Cutting Tests.


Is It Real? Is It Old?
Frequently Asked Questions
Japanese Sword Periods
Japanese Sword Care
NBTHK Sword Care Guide
Authentication Papers (Origami)
NBTHK - NTHK Origami Comparison
Judging Sharpness (Tameshigiri)
Japanese Sword Inventory Sheet
How To Tie Sageo

JAPANESE SWORD
ARTICLES

Articles concerning types of Japanese tanto, collecting advice, blade shape changes, styles of koshirae, NBTHK sword making competition results and more.


Sword Articles Introduction
Swords of the 47 Ronin
Styles of Swords and Koshirae
Advice for Novice Collectors
Japanese Tanto History
Blade Shape Changes
General Tojo's Tanto
Sword Making Competitions
A Sword Named "White Cloud"
Sword Blade Niku

ARTICLES BY
CLIVE SINCLAIRE

Articles by Clive Sinclaire, president and former secretary of the Token Society of Great Britain, on modern Japanese swords, shinken (live swords in iai practice), Japanese sword mounts, Hizen school swords and how to judge a Japanese sword.


Clive Sinclaire Introduction
Japanese Sword Modern History
Shinken (Modern Swords)
Japanese Sword Mounts
Hizen School Swords
Judging Japanese Swords

JAPANESE MILITARY SWORDS
Guide to types of Japanese military and civilian swords of the WW II era. Types of Japanese military dirks. Distinquishing traditional from non-traditionally made blades. Repros and fakes.

Japanese Military Swords I
Japanese Military Swords II
Japanese Military Dirks
Gendaito vs Showato
Sword Company Logos
Nakirishi Mei
Reproductions and Fakes

JAPANESE SWORDSMITH
INDEXES
Lists of Japanese swordsmiths. Showa era swordsmiths who made swords (gendaito) in the traditional manner. Smiths papered by the NTHK and NBTHK. Jumei Tosho (star stamp) smiths. Indexes to several Japanese reference books on gendai swordsmiths. Gendai Mino swordsmiths and undocumented Showa swordsmiths. Shinto era swordsmith list.

Gendai Swordsmiths
Rikugun Jumei Tosho
Showa Oshigata Database
Tokyo Kindai Tosho Index
Gendai Toko Meikan Index
Gendaito Meisaku Zukan Index
Toko Taikan Index (Gendai Smiths)
Ritsumeikan Tanrenjo Swords
NTT/NTS Swordsmith List
Undocumented Swordsmiths
Gendai Mino Swordsmiths
Shinto Swordsmith Listing
Showa Seki Tosho
Showa Tosho Ranking
Toko Taikan Index (ZIP)
Koto Taikan Index (ZIP)
Nihonto Newsletter Index (ZIP)
Token Bijutsu Index (ZIP)

JAPANESE SWORDSMITHS
Detailed information and examples of signatures of Ichihara Nagamitsu and Chounsai Emura. Information on Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi, Asano Kanezane, Koa Isshin Mantetsu, Fujiwara Kanefusa and Ishido Teruhide.

Ichihara Nagamitsu
Chounsai Emura
Emura / Nagamitsu Confusion
Ishido Teruhide
Asano Kanesane
Fujiwara Kanefusa
Minamoto Yoshichika
Koa Isshin Mantetsu
Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi
Ikkansai Kasama Shigetsugu
Kotani Kenzo (Yasunori)

SCHOOLS OF
JAPANESE SWORD MAKING

Articles on some of the many schools of Japanese sword making; including Mino-den swordsmiths, Bizen-den swordsmiths, Miyairi swordsmiths, Mishina swordsmiths, Kashu Kanewaka, Gotoba Kaji, Masamune Jittetsu.

Mino-Den Swords
Bizen-Den Swords
Miyairi School Swords
The Mishina School
Top Koto Swordsmiths
Kashu Kanewaka School

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