Table of contents

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0 | Preface     

1 | Timeline

2 | Joko-to   (上古刀)

3 |Names of Parts  (名称)

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

5 | Heian Period Swords   (平安時代太刀)

6 | Kamakura Period History  1192 – 1333 (鎌倉時代歴史)

7 | Overview of the Kamakura Period Swords    (鎌倉時代太刀概要)

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  1221(承久の乱) 

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: Soshu Den Tanto (相州伝短刀)

17 | Nanboku-cho Period History  1333-1392  (南北朝歴史)

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

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   (戦国時代短刀)

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

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  1781 – 1868   (幕末歴史)

30 | Shin-Shin-To   1781-1867   (Bakumatsu Period Sword 新々刀)

31 | Sword Making Process

32 | Japanese swords after WWII

33 | Information on Today’s Swordsmiths

34 | Part 2 of — 1 Timeline

35 | Part 2 of — 2 Joko-To (上古刀)

36 | Part 2 of — 3 Names of the Parts

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

38 | Part 2 of — 5 Heian Period Sword   794-1192  (平安時代太刀)

39 | Part 2 of — 6 Kamakura Period History   192 – 1333   (鎌倉時代歴史)

40 | Part 2 of — 7 Overview of Kamakura Period Sword  (鎌倉太刀概要)

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

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

43 | Part 2 of — 10 Jyokyu-no-Ran and Gotoba-joko    (承久の乱)

44 | Part 2 of — 11 Ikubi Kissaki(猪首切先)

45 | Part 2 of — 11 Ikubi Kissaki (continued from Chapter 44)

46 | Part 2 of — 12|Middle Kamakura Period : Tanto 鎌倉中期短刀

47 | Part 2 of — 13 Late Kamakura Period :  Genko  (鎌倉末元寇)

48 | Part 2 of — 14|Late Kamakura Period Sword :  Early Soshu Den   (鎌倉末刀)

49 | Part 2 of — 15 The Revival of Yamato Den  (大和伝復活)

50 | Part 2 of — 16 Late Kamakura Period: Tanto (Early Soshu-Den 鎌倉末短刀, 正宗墓)

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

52 | Part 2 of — 18 Nanboku-Cho Period Swords  (南北朝太刀)

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

54 | Part 2 of — 20|Muromachi Period History  (室町歴史)

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

56 | Part 2 of — 22 Sengoku Period History    (戦国時代歴史) 

57 | Part 2 of  — 23 Sengoku Period Sword   (戦国時代刀)

58 | Part 2 of — 24 Sengoku Period Tanto   (戦国時代短刀)

59 | Part 2 of — 25 Edo Period History  1603 – 1867  (江戸時代歴史 )

60 | Part 2 of — 26 Overview of Shin-To  (新刀概要)

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

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

63 | Part 2 of — 29 Bakumatsu Period History  (幕末時代)

64 | Part 2 of — 30 Shin-Shin-To : Bakumatsu sword (新々刀 )

65 | The Sword Observation Process

66 | References

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65| The Sword Observation Process

This chapter shows the handling process of the sword examination.

  1. Wear white gloves or hold a handkerchief in each hand.

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  1. Bow lightly.  Hold the Tsuka (hilt) with your right hand and the Saya (scabbard) with your left hand.  Pull the Saya out.  Doing this, the back of the Saya faces the floor, and the Ha faces up.  The Mune should be resting on the inside of the Saya.  Pull the blade carefully.  Do not let the Ha touch the inner wall of the Saya to avoid accidentally getting scratches.

How to handle sword 2

 

  1. Set down the Saya on the left of the sword.  Prepare the sword tool.

How to handle sword 3

 

  1. Using the sword tool, push the Mekugi (peg) out of the Tsuka.

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5.  Pull and place the Tsuka and put Mekugi in the hole of the Tsuka so that you won’t lose it.

How to handle sword 5

 

6.    Pull the Habaki (metal piece just above the Tsuka, a gold piece in the picture left) and set them down on the right.

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  1. Hold the Nakago with your right hand. With Washi (Japanese rice paper), or handkerchief or tissue paper) support under the blade with your left hand.

How to handle sword 7

 

  1. Using the light reflection on the blade’s surface, look at Jigane, Hamon, Boshi, and Mei, etc. To see Hamon, Jigane, and Boshi well, move the sword up, down, or sideways or rotate it to reflect the light in the right position.

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  1. When you finish looking at the sword, bow lightly and reassemble it by reversing the process.

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