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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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A Suketoshi 76+ cm ~ 30" KATANA
with rare 3 body ginzogan (silver inlay) cutting test
Owned by & made by Samurai! NTHK-NPO Certificate, Saya-gaki by Dr Sato (Kanzan)

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A Jumyo Wakizashi Shintτ period Circa 1661 AD. with fine matching fittings (Mid to late edo), blade - NBTHK Hozon certificate, koshirae & tsuba - NTHK-NPO certificates, koshirae is eligible for the yearly Yushu shinsa



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Kanemoto katana in shirasaya


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Just added: Kanesaki katana in koshirae, see it in the 4k or less page!

Just added - now SOLD, - A Ichi* ~ Dewa (no) Kami ~ Yukihiro Katana, 1st Gen. (Shodai) Made in Shinto period approx 1663-1683 AD With rare kinzogan (gold inlay) 2 Body Cutting Test NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate Just added - A katana by Kanesaki w/ nice koshirae... see it on the 4k or less page

Just added - A Suketoshi 76+ cm ~ 30" KATANA with rare 3 body ginzogan (silver inlay) cutting test Owned by & made by Samurai! NTHK-NPO Certificate, Saya-gaki by Dr Sato (Kanzan)

 Just added - A RARE dated [C-1566 AD] Koto period  Kanefusa w/ 2 body - cutting test [1647 AD] Kinzogan - Gold inlay- TANZAN saya-gaki, NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon. View in the Cutting test reference page (pre-sold)

Just added - A very nice Jumyo wakizashi w/ fine koshirae w/ NBTHK Hozon (blade) & NTHK-NPO (koshirae & tsuba)

Just added - A tachi by Okubo Kazuhira - recreation of kokuhō (Nat'l Treasure) "Sanchomo" Yamatorige Ichimonji, Polished by Hon'ami Nisshu (Living National treasure) w/ his saya-gaki Mukansa*  "Without Judgment" (pre-sold)

Fine Katana by Kunitomo C- 1596 AD with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon certificate, TANZAN saya-gaki, with Battle damage

Just added for viewing only - Ono Yoshimitsu katana with his saya-gaki & fine horimono (pre-sold)

Just added for viewing only - A 79 cm Miyairi Kiyohira tachi, Miyairi school, Brother of Yukihira - Mukansa (pre-sold)

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

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