Shape of Sword : Azuchi-Momoyama to Early Edo Period
What influenced the change in the shape of sword made in the Azuchi-Momoyama to the early Edo periods? (1568-1615)
In this period, the Nanbokucho period swords gained popularity but many of them were shortened to about 72.7 cm to 75.8 cm in accordance with the combat method of the time. Accordingly, the shape of the swords made in the Azuchi-Momoyama to the early Edo period mirrors that of the Nanbokucho period swords, but for the ease of use, they are thinner and shorter. These swords are referred to as Keicho Shinto(慶長新刀) as they were produced around the Keicho era(1596-1615).
- Average cutting edge length is 72.7 cm – 75.8 cm.
- Sword and KISSAKI(切先) became longer.