What is Juzu-Ba(数珠刃)? Juzu-Ba refers to the rounded GUNOME(互の目) developed by a well-known swordsmith Kotetsu(虎徹), which reminds of Buddhist prayer beads. 


What is Hyotan-Ba(瓢箪刃)? Hyotan-Ba refers to the NOTARE(のたれ) which reminds of the half of a gourd. This Hamon is developed by a well-known swordsmith Kotetsu(虎徹).


What is Kogatana(小刀)? Kogatana is a small utility knife that is shaped like KATAKIRIHA-ZUKURI(片切刃造). It is carried in the slot on the scabbard. Unlike a Japanese sword, the signature should be [...]


What is Kogai(笄)? Kogai is is a spatula-looking tool for hair arranging and ear cleaning. It is carried in the slot on the scabbard.


What is Tsuba(鍔)? Tsuba is a Japanese sword guard, typically elaborately decorated and made of iron, copper, brass, or alloy. The more decorative side of the Tsuba should be the front, which [...]


What is Hakoba(箱刃)? Hakoba refers to the boxy GUNOME(互の目). This Hamon is often seen on the swords by Muramasa(村正) or Kanewaka(兼若).


KAZU-UCHI(数打ち), also called Kazu-Uchi-Mono, refers to the mass-produced swords made in Bizen province during the late Muromachi period. These swords are also categorized as Sue Bizen sword(末備前). [...]


What is Kanmuri-Otoshi(冠落とし)? Kanmuri-Otoshi refers to a sword shape, which is SHINOGI-ZUKURI(鎬造) but from about the middle of the blade to the tip is SHOBU-ZUKURI(菖蒲造). This shape is common in [...]


What is Osoraku-Zukuri(おそらく造り)? Osoraku-Zukuri refers to a sword shape developed by Sukemune(助宗) of the SHIMADA SCHOOL(島田派), which has the YOKOTE(横手) at the middle of the sword so that [...]


What is Saka-Choji(逆丁子)? Saka-Choji refers to the upward slanting CHOJI(丁子). It is seen often on the swords made in Bizen province around Kamakura to Nanbokucho period.

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