My Nihontô (Japanese Samurai Sword) pages

Featuring Edo period (1603 to 1868) uchigatana mountings (koshirae)
Last updated: 9 January 2017

MY NIHONTÔ PAGES

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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Edo period utilitarian Ô-tantô uchigatana koshirae

katakiri-bori style engraving (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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Early Edo period tantô blade in shira-saya

Made by one of the Seki Province Kanekado smiths.
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Nagamaki-Naoshi-Wakizashi blade in shira-saya

Nagamaki blade made by a Chu-Aoe school smith and re shaped into a wakizashi blade.
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GENERAL INFORMATION

About this web site

I wrote these pages mainly for my family and friends in the hope they would satisfactorily explain why I collect and cherish these magnificent artifacts and devote so much time and energy in studying and researching them.

I also 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 when I lived in Japan in the early 1960s. I subsequently assembled a modest collection of blades and fittings, some of which are illustrated here.

My main interest is in the historical association of the Nihontô items in my collection rather than in their artistic merit -- although I do admire the exquisite beauty and umatched craftsmanship inherent in especially fine examples of them.

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.

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REFERENCES & RESOURCES

General Reference Books

Kantei (sword appraisal) Reference Books

Online Kantei (sword appraisal) Reference

Comprehensive Online Resources

Other Important Online Resources

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