Kamis, 14 Februari 2008


Traditionally the Japanese sword has been considered a most important treasure by the Japanese people. The etiquette regarding the handling of swords was very strict. The rules were such that women were not allowed to handle swords with their bare hands, but used the sleeves of their kimono to carry them. And some Samurai even went so far as to forbid women from entering the room when they were cleaning their sword. Some Samurai hung mosquito nets and they cleaned swords under the netting. This was found to be the only dust-free place. Also the Samurai would hold a piece of paper in his mouth, not only in cleaning but in looking at swords as well. The thought was that this kept one's breath and moisture off of the blade. Albert Yamanaka felt that the paper in the mouth served no purpose, since if he closes his mouth then he must breath through his nose and in close inspection of swords hot air from the nostrils will fall on the blade and defeat the purpose of having the paper in his mouth. A certain amount of respect is due a sword as an object of art and of history regardless of the viewer's heritage. However, swords must also be treated with utmost precaution to avoid injury to both the handler or to anyone close by. The sword blade must be protected from rust. Also the sword's saya (scabbard), and fittings must be protected from scratches and other damage.

Images of Japanese swords and fittings
View Details, Picture shows owner (Back row, Right side) and family? with writing on back of picture

View Details, Image of tsuka & tassle with star

View Details, Image of Mei for Yoshitake- Heianjo ju Fujiwara YoshitakeIs this a good mei? What is writting on back of picture? And why is there a silver star on the tassle?

View Details, Masamitsu image with some kanji

View Details, Masamitsu image showing part of bladeCan you translate the rest of the signature for this O-tanto? So far I have Echigo ? da(ta) ju ? ? ? ? Masamitsu

View Details, Soten ? tsuba omote

View Details, Soten? tsuba uraIs this tsuba Soten school? what age might it be?

View Details, Tsuba with rim

View Details, Tsuba with rimThe tsuba height is 8.2 cm and width is 8.2 cm - inner thickness is 4 mm and rim thickness is 8 mm.

View Details, turtle tsuba omote

View Details, turtle tsuba ura

View Details, turtle tsuba ura signatureThe tsuba is signed Hoku Chikuzen Jo Takakuni. He is listed as H09281.0 in Haynes books. He worked in Chikuzen castle (hence the word "Jo" in his title). He signed his name and titles in Chinese style kanji.
View Details, Hayashi tsuba ura

View Details, Hayashi tsuba omote
View Details, Kaneyoshi saya top

View Details, Kaneyoshi saya bottom

View Details, Kaneyoshi saya top large

View Details, Kaneyoshi saya bottom largeThanks Cary for this information
View Details, Katana - Omote signed Yamato (no) Kami Fujiwara Ason Masa katsuThis Masakatsu is from Higo. Enju line.Ason is not a family or group but rather literally means a high ranking noble or courtier. A smith would sometimes use this title to express his allegiance to the Imperial court.Thanks Cary for this information - for Cary's web site seehttp://www.ikkyudo.com
View Details, Katana - Ura signed Right hand column - Roku ju hachi Ou saku (Venerable old man of 68 made this sword).Left hand column- Tempo ku Inu Mofuyu (Date is 1838 Year of the dog in early winter)Tempo 9 is tsuchinoe inu (the year of the dog)Mofuyu - I think is early winter
View Details, Katana hamon, You can see sunagashi but what are the lines of nioi w/some nio above the main hamon called?

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