Antique Japanese Samurai Sword: Ko Gassan 1/3 Sword Examination This video shows the examination of an antique Japanese samurai sword. The blade is tilted at angles to the light to reveal fine qualities in the hada (untempered area), hamon and hataraki.
Japanese Swordsmith Ono Yoshimitsu Some of Japan’s top Japanese sword craftsmen, Tatara operator Kihara Akira, Mukansa Swordsmith Ono Yoshimitsu and Mukansa polisher Fujishiro Okisato appearing on Discovery Channel’s Weapons Masters- The Katana
The first prototype for Japanese samurai armor came about in the form of the yoroi during the Gempei War of 1181-1185. The weight of the yoroi was around 60lb. The upper-body armor of the samurai was known as the ‘Do’. This comprised of the ‘Sode’, the suspended shoulder and upper-arm protection plates. The Sode had […]
By Karla Klein Albertson Inquirer Antiques Columnist The past is always with us in Philadelphia, but Antiques Week, beginning Friday, is an unmatched opportunity for collectors to examine the best furniture and decorative arts of previous centuries. So many experts on hand, so many specialties to explore – enjoy the feast. The Philadelphia Antiques Show, […]
The Decorative Katana As Design Accent A katana is a Japanese sword that is mostly used for swordfights as well as in various ceremonies. It is usually two-feet long and has a curved single edged blade. If you’re fond of watching Samurai movies, you’ll probably be familiar with this sword. Today, katana swords are also […]
The katana emerged in the sixteenth century as a curved, single-edged weapon of the Samurai warrior class in Japan. When paired with a shoto (short sword) such as a wakizashi or the dagger-like tanto, the result is a daisho, a pair of swords worn representing the honor, social power and the very soul of the […]
By Paul Southren Authentic Japanese swords can and usually do cost a small fortune. In fact many (though not all) sword collectors maintain that to get a half way decent sword you need to be spending around US$1000. And the maximum? Well, the sky is the limit (there are quite a few Japanese made Katana […]
Through the histroy of the samurai, the forging process used in the creation of authentic Japanese swords is as much an art form as it is a science. The steps involved have been refined throughout this sword’s history however, even with all the technological advancements, much of the work involved remains very similar to the […]