Table of contents

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0 | Preface     

1 | Timeline

2 | Joko-to(上古刀)

3 |Names of Parts

4 | Heian Period History (平安時代) 794 – 1192

5 |Heian Period Swords

6| Kamakura Period History (1192 – 1333)

7| Overview of the Kamakura Period Swords (1192-1333)

8| Middle Kamakura Period (Yamashiro Den) 鎌倉中期山城伝

9 | Middle Kamakura Period (Bizen Den) 鎌倉中期備前伝

10| Jokyu-no-ran (承久の乱) 1221

11| Ikubi Kissaki (猪首切先)

12| Middle Kamakura Period:Tanto (鎌倉中短刀)

13|Late Kamakura Period, Genko (鎌倉末元寇)

14|Late Kamakura Period Sword  (鎌倉末太刀)

15|The Revival of Yamato Den (山城伝復活)

16 | Late Kamakura period Tanto (鎌倉末短刀: Early Soshu Tanto)

17|Nanboku- cho Period History (南北朝歴史:(1333-1393)

18|Nanboku-cho Period Sword  (南北朝太刀:North and South dynasty)

19 | Nanboku-Cho Tanto(南北朝短刀)

20|Muromachi Period History (室町時代歴史)

21| Muromachi Period Sword (室町時代刀)

22| Sengoku Period History (戦国時代)

23| Sengoku Period Sword(戦国時代刀)

24|Sengoku Period Tanto (戦国時代)

25| Edo Period History (江戸時代歴史1603 – 1867)

26|Over view of Shin-to (新刀)– –  Ko-to & Shin-to Difference

27|Shinto Sword – Main Seven Regions (Part A 主要7刀匠地)

28|Shinto Sword — Main Seven Regions (part B 主要7刀匠地)

29| Bakumatsu Period History (幕末歴史1781 – 1868)

30| Shin-Shin-To (Bakumatsu Period Sword 新々刀)1781-1868

32|Sword Making Process

33|References

33| Background

34|Part 2 of — Preface

35| Part 2 — 1 Timeline

36|Part 2 of — 2 Jyoko-To (上古刀)

37|Part 2 — 3 Names of the Parts

38|Part 2of — 4 Heian Period History (平安時代) 794-1192

39|Part 2 of — 5 Heian Period Sword (792-1192)

40|Part 2 of — 6 Kamakura Period History (1192 – 1333)

41|Part 2 of — 7 Overview of Kamakura Period Sword (1192-1333)

42| Part 2 of —– 8| Middle Kamakura Period Yamashiro Den (鎌倉中期山城伝)

43|Part 2 of — 9 Middle Kamakura Period (Bizen Den) 鎌倉中期備前伝

44|Part 2 of —– 10|Middle Kamakura Period Bizen-Den (鎌倉中期備前伝)

45|Part 2 of –11 Jyokyu-no-Ran (承久の乱1221)

46|Part 2 of —- 12|Ikubi Kissaki(猪首切先)

47|Part 2 of —–12|Ikubi Kissaki, continued

48|Part 2 of —– 13|Middle Kamakura Period Tanto 鎌倉中期短刀

49| Part 2 of —-14|Late Kamakura Period History (鎌倉後期歴史)

50|Part 2 of — 15|Late Kamakura Period Sword

51| Part 2 of —– 16 The Revival of Yamato Den (大和伝復活)

52|Part 2 of —–17|Late Kamakura Period Tanto (Early Soshu-Den Tanto)

53| Part 2 of —- 17 Nanboku-Cho Period History (南北朝歴史:1333 – 1392)

54| Part 2 of — 18 Nanboku-Cho Period Swords (南北朝刀)

55| Part 2 of — 19 Nanboku-Cho Tanto (南北朝短刀)

56|Part 2 of —– 20|Muromachi Period History (室町時代歴史)

57 |Part 2 of —–21 Muromachi Period Sword (室町時代刀)

58| Second part of — 22 Sengoku Period History (戦国時代歴史) 

59| Second Part of — 23|Sengoku Period Sword (戦国時代刀)

60|Part 2 of — 24 Sengoku Period Tanto (戦国短刀)

61| Part 2 of — 25|Edo Period History (江戸歴史 1603 – 1867)

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62|Part 2 of – – 26 Overview of Shin-To (新刀概要)

63|Part 2 of — 27 Shin-to Main 7 Regions (part A)

64|Part 2 of — 28 Shin-To Main 7 Region (part B)

66|Part 2 of – – -30 Bakumatsu Period History (幕末時代)  – – – – – – –Meiji Restoration

67| Part 2 of – – – 31|Shin-Shin-To (Bakumatsu Period Sword) 1781-1867                                                           – – – Bakumatsu-To

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How to handle a sword – – – Procedure to handle the sword with photos

How to handle a sword

This chapter shows basic way of handling sword.

1.   Wear a white glove or hold 2 handkerchiefs (for both hands).

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2.  Bow lightly, then hold Tsuka (hilt) with your right hand, hold Saya (scabbard) with your left-hand.  Pull Saya out.  When the sword is pulled from Saya, hold Saya right angle so that the Mune at the bottom, Ha should be at the top.  The sword should be resting on the Mune and not let the sword touch the inside of the Saya.  This way, it does not accidentally get scratches from any grit
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3.  Set down saya on the left.  Prepare a small hammer made for the sword.

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4.  Using a sword tool, push out the mekugi (peg).

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5.   Pull tsuka and habaki out (metal piece just above the Tsuka, gold piece in the picture below) and set them down on the right.

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6.  Put mekugi in the hole of Tsuka so that it sticks up.  This is to prevent Mekugi to get lost.

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7.  Hold Nakago (inside the hilt) with your right hand.  Support under the blade with  Washi (Japanese rice paper, handkerchief or tissue paper).

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8.  All the works on the blade should show with the light reflect on the surface of the sword.  To see Hamon, Ji-Hada, and Boshi etc, better, move the sword up and down, sideways to reflect the light on the right position.

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9.  After finish looking at the sword, reverse the process to put it back.

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