What is Koto(古刀)?

  • Koto refers to swords made from around 900 to 1596. 
  • It was not until 1721 when a Japanese sword dictionary “ARAMIMEIZUKUSHI(新刃銘尽)” was published, there are no words to categorize swords by production time.
  • The swords made after 1596 are referred to as SHINTO(新刀).
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