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Article: The Japanese Sword: Weapon and Work of Art
by David E. J. Pepin, 1977

The Japanese sword, more commonly know as the Samurai sword, was a superb weapon. Its unique edge-tempering (compared to the full-blade tempering of the famous Toledo and Damascus swords of Europe) allowed a degree of hardness and razor-sharpness impossible to attain in European swords without danger of brittleness and breakage. The fear and respect which the Japanese warrior and his sword inspired among Oriental foes is recorded in many contemporary accounts. But beyond its quality as a weapon, the Japanese sword is important as one of history's finest expressions of the metal worker's art.         Click to read more...

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Very Fine Hizen - Ichimonji* - Yukihiro wakizashi 1663-1664 AD w/ Tameshigiri (2 & 3 Body Cutting Test) by Yamano Nagahisa ~ NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon
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A nice Mihara school Katana with desirable koshirae, sayagaki by Dr Sato and NBTHK Hozon paper
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Tsuguhiro Katana (29"+Nagasa) with cutting test NBTHK Hozon, Very nice Edo period koshirae & Tsuba with NPO NTHK Kanteisho.  (sold prior to posting - see our "Sold Cutting test blades page")

A Hizen Saga Ju Kunihiro w/ cutting test Sayagaki by Dr Homma Published: Kanto Hibi Sho by Dr Homma (Kunzan) With NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certification. Tadayoshi school. (sold prior to posting - see our "Sold Cutting test blades page")

Tsuguhiro wakizashi w/ cutting test - w/ NBTHK Hozon certificate - with great  provenance (sold prior to posting - see our "Sold Cutting test blades page")

8th Generation Hokke Saburo Nobufusa Katana w/ NBTHK certificate

*Ichi-Yukihiro wakizashi 2 & 3 body cutting test w/ NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon (sold)

Katana blades by Matsuba Kunimasa (Mukansa)

For Sale: Juyo Token Nado Zufu volumes 1-25 (and a few others) by the NBTHK, make inquiry for list and prices.

Mihara School Katana w/ koshirae NBTHK Hozon

Gendaito signed Amada Sadayoshi
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Gendaito by Sadaroku

A Fine Kazusa Kaneshige Wakizashi with NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho certificate

Fine Katana by Kunitomo C- 1596 AD with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon certificate


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