INFORMATION
 


Sword general
The story "Masamune and Muramasa"
The story "monster NUE"
How to tie the cord of koshirae bag
Hand trace of blades, (OSHIGATA in Japanese)
Remembrance from the NEWS page
TACHI and KATANA, what is the difference?
Nicknames of swords
A Katana in real fight
Actual examples of Restoration work
The face, obverse/reverse of Swords
Episodes by Kokaji
Why no signature on good quality blade
? (UBU-MUMEI)

Blade
How to treat the blade
Blade, Japanese names of parts
Flaws of blades
Tang, (NAKAGO in Japanese)
Good swords from the GALLERY and Samples of new swords for study
Interesting swords for study
How to appreciate blade quality
A small consideration about Shintogo Kunimitsu
What is sharpness? and KANTEI
Poetical expression in the terms of blade (under construction)
A sword in fire accident
Grooves on sword and their meaning
Let's study O-suriage blades

1) Shape
Shaping, haniku/hiraniku and kissaki
Styles in the shape of blades
Types of kissaki form, and FUMBARI
Manner of blade shortening, (SURIAGE)
Changing of blade shape by Wearing

History of Kissaki-Moroha-zukuri style blade


2) Steel

Steel construction, TSUKURIKOMI
Steel, how to appreciate it.
Definition of Iron, Steel,and Cast Iron as a basic introduction.
What is "Shingane"? (core steel)
Samples to study Steel Layers and Grains
New

3) Hamon (hardened pattern)

Examples of Hamon pattern

YAKIOTOSHI and KOSHIBA

KIKUSUI hamon

Polishing (Togi)
Togi, Shaping
Togi, Polishing, the modern style and the classical style
Process of the polishing work  (under construction)
Is the hamon changed by re-polishing?

Is the grain changed by re-polishing?
Acid polishing and Fake hamon
How to use Hazuya, just an easy way for amateur polishing
Several styles of blade polishing


Sword mount (Koshirae)
KOSHIRAE, mounts of the sword
How to tie the cord on scabbard
Actual examples of producing KOSHIRAE (sword mount)
Styles of ray skin wrapping on handle

Dai-Sho Koshirae
Motif on sword mount
Samples of Sword Mount we produced
Sageo, Kurikata, and two small holes on tsuba


Sword guard (Tsuba)
TSUBA, Japanese names of parts
The method of making a tsuba steel with tekkotsu
TSUBA of cast iron, it is dangerous.
Good tsuba from the GALLERY

The faces, obverse/reverse, of Tsuba
How to treat Iron Tsuba

Punchings around the tang hole of tsuba


Other fittings
Good fittings from the GALLERY
HABAKI, types
Animals on Sword Fittings
How are the Fuchi and Kashira made?


Smithing
Actual examples of YAKI-IRE, (the heat treatment to harden the cutting edge)
An experiment to see the Inner Effect of Hardening
Studying the difference of tempering effect on the same steel
Actual works of Making Grooves
How to make Sister blades in Kobuse steel construction (tanto blades)
A way of forging Tamahagane
Actual example to make a Norishige like appearance

Others

Chinese swords
Shashka, Russian sabre

 

 
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