Authentic Japanese Swords
I began studying traditional Japanese sword polishing seriously when I was a freshman in college. If you want a sword that will do” something, be it trimming the hedges out back or for use in martial arts training, you will need to do some serious groundwork. An organization that was particularly excellent in terms of the synergy between the various actors of the sword production, from the blade to the Katana Sword and the Saya. Swords could be fit to an individual user and, with regular care, survive for hundreds of years. The steels used in the 20th century for mass production of Japanese blades are such that flashy looking hamon can be made on poor quality blades. Sword clubs, especially the Japanese Sword Society of the US (JSS/US) can help put you in touch with sellers.
Its history, its mythology, its manufacturing process and its legends have transformed it into a mystical object of fantasy, in Japanese as well as in western culture. The path of the sword knows many side tracks and we humbly invite you to join us on this life long journey. Summary: A publication of shared distribution dedicated to arts of the Japanese sword: Iaido, Kendo and Koryu Kenjutsu (mostly iaido). He quickly developed Seki into Japan’s preeminent centre of sword manufacturing.
It is for those who want a high quality sword not only for battle but also for valuable collection. Bokken are usually constructed of white Japanese oak, although they can be made of a variety of exotic hardwoods. This synergy has allowed local artisans to survive the Meiji era, when the sword totally fell into disuse, what caused the end of almost all craftsmen and smiths of the pre-Meiji period. The signature on the tang (nakago) of the blade was inscribed in such a way that it would always be on the outside of the sword when worn. Posting a question or an answer does not guarantee inclusion on the Japanese Sword Q&A thread, and we will only transfer others’ posts with their permission. Early Japanese smiths often used iron sand, a very poor raw material for making blades, and so the practice of folding greatly improved the finished blade. Too hard and the sword becomes brittle, too soft and it will not hold and edge and will bend easily.
The hadagane, for the outer skin of the blade, is produced by heating a block of high quality raw steel, which is then hammered out into a bar, and the flexible back portion. Like in other cultures Japanese swords developed to meet specific challenges on the battlefield.