My Nihontô (Japanese Samurai Sword) pages

Featuring Edo period (1603 to 1868) uchigatana mountings (koshirae)
Last updated: 25 March 2017


Uchigatana koshirae overview

The classic Samurai sword mountings of the Edo period (1603 to 1868).
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Typical Edo period uchigatana koshirae

Wakizashi with wooden substitute blade (tsunagi).
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Bakumatsu (late Edo) period uchigatana koshirae

Katana with winding plant motif carved in karakusa style (with tsunagi)
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Shin-shintô Wakizashi blade in uchigatana koshirae

Satsuma province blade in mixed koshirae most likely made up for the tourist trade.
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Tantô blade in shira-saya with sayagaki inscription

Made by one of the Seki Province Kanekado smiths.
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About this web site

I hope these pages will provide some helpful, albeit basic, information for those who wish to learn more about Nihontô.

I first began to collect and study Nihontô in the early 1960s and I subsequently assembled this modest collection of blades and fittings.

Nihontô Care, Handling & Examining Etiquette

A Must Read for all Nihontô owners and enthusiasts by The American Branch of the Nippon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (NBTHK). Go to the NBTHK page

Nomenclature Note

I have included both English and equivalent romanized Japanese (rômaji) sword related terminology (in bold brown type) on each of my web pages which I hope will be of assistance to those who are unfamiliar with Nihontô.



General Reference Books

Blade appraisal & attribution Reference Books

Online Resources

Nihontô (Japanese Samurai Sword) pages
Featuring uchigatana mountings (koshirae)