What is Wazamono(業物)?

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  • Wazamono refers to the swordsmiths or their swords listed in the book called Kaiho Kenjaku(懐宝剣尺) written by a sword tester, Yamada Asauemon the 5th generation (五代目山田浅右衞門). The swords were tested for its cutting ability and rated in 4 groups of sharpness, which is as follows:
  1. Saijo O-wazamono  (Outstanding cutting swords)
  2. O-wazamono  (Excellent cutting swords)
  3. Ryo-wazamono  (Great cutting swords)
  4. Wazamono  (Good cutting swords)
  • The test was conducted by cutting the dead bodies of criminals with a sword. In order to conduct the test accurately, all the tested bodies are said to have been muscular males aged between 40 to 50 years old.
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