Are Saidan-mei swords hype?

Tameshigiri and Saidan-mei swords. Visitors to my site often ask me about the origin and the story behind SAIDAN-MEI(裁断銘) and TAMESHIGIRI(試し斬り). The Japanese sword played a significant role in [...]

Blood Groove?

Why is the groove of some swords painted with red lacquer? You may notice that a BOHI(棒樋) of some swords are often lacquered with red. As red is the color of blood, people tend to assume that a [...]