Shape of Sword : Edo Period Kanbun Era

edo period kanbun era japanese sword

What influenced the change in the shape of sword made in the Edo period, Kanbun Era? (1661-1681)

During this period, the Japanese swordplay became so popular and many swordplay facilities were established. According to one theory, the popularity of the swordplay had a large influence on the shape of the Japanese sword of the time, as it resembles to some extent the bamboo sword that is used for swordplay practice.
In accordance with the laws of the military houses of 1629, Samurai were required to wear a Daisho(a pair of Japanese sword) when on official duty. And for easy of carrying, Katana of the time were shorter than the swords produced during the Azuchi-Momoyama to Early Edo Period.
These swords are referred to as Kanbun Shinto(寛文新刀) and were produced around the Kanbun (1661-1673) and Enpo (1673-1681) eras.

Common Characteristics

  • Small KISSAKI(切先).
  • The width of the top and the bottom of the sword are almost the same.
  • Noticeably shallow SORI(反り).
  • Cutting edge length is 69.7cm.
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