Shape of Tanto : Periodical Comparison

The Tanto(短刀) originated at some time from the end of the Heian to the early Kamakura period. Unlike the shape of Katana and Tachi, the shape of Tanto hadn’t changed dramatically because it [...]

YOROI-DOSHI(鎧通し)

What is YOROI-DOSHI(鎧通し)? Yoroi-Doshi refers to an extra thick TANTO (短刀). It was developed in the SENGOKU PERIOD(戦国時代). Since the Yoroi-Doshi is designed for piercing armor and for stabbing, the [...]

SASAHO-YARI(笹穂槍)

What is SASAHO-YARI(笹穂槍)? Sasaho-Yari refers to a Japanese spear which has a bamboo leaf-shaped blade. The average blade length is about 30cm and the blade cross-section is triangle or rhombus.

Shape of Sword : Periodical Comparison

The shape of the Japanese sword has undergone many changes in accordance with the combat method of the time, for example, when the Samurai battled on horseback, the Japanese swords of the time [...]

Shape of Sword : End of the Edo period

What influenced the change in the shape of the sword made at the end of the Edo period? (1853-1867) The end of the Edo period was unquiet and there’re many conflicts throughout the country [...]

Shape of Sword : Edo Period Genroku Era

What influenced the change in the shape of sword made in the Edo period, Kanbun Era? (1688-1704) Like the previous Kanbun era, the Genroku era was a very peaceful period in Japanese history, as a [...]

Shape of Sword : Edo Period Kanbun Era

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 [...]

Shape of Sword : Early Muromachi Period

What influenced the change in the shape of sword made in the early Muromachi period? (1394-1466) The shape of the early Muromachi period swords somewhat resembles that of the early Kamakura [...]