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The Art of Nihonto – Guide to collecting Japanese swords

Updated: 23 Feb 2024

The Art of Nihonto – Guide to buying the Japanese sword

 

Preface

 Samurai’s history is a profound, eloquent legacy of ancient Japanese warriors in which millions of people worldwide are being fascinated. Samurais themselves played the most significant role in this thing- They went from the imperial army to reconstructing the whole system and reigning Samurai’s country for over seven centuries. Thus, one of their primary weapons, Katana (Japanese sword), began to have many important meanings attached as times went on. Katana is still deemed one of Samurai’s most significant cultural heritage in today’s Japanese culture.

To those who have yet to discover the real value of the Japanese sword “Katana,” – this article is for you.

 

Katana is beautiful

 The Japanese sword is the kind of art that has grown over history. Swordsmiths over the years would make minimal changes to the blade’s curvature, the Hamon, length, width, and all the other detailed features to please the sword’s owner and let the sword hold its own identity. That is why Katana has become so beautiful. In every part of the blade, you see the swordsmith’s intent and Samurai’s love and aspiration for Katana.

 

Attention to Detail

 Above brings us to the next part; the detail.  It gets more important as you learn more about Katana. The blade’s significant features such as Hamon, the size, type of curvature, other segments such as the handguard, the grip, the scabbard, and the list goes on and on. One can only build a gem-worthy Katana when all these segments are put together deliberately. To see the monument of tremendous work by the swordsmith – It is legitimately an eye-opening experience every time you learn something from it.


 

Style

 Blacksmiths regarding Katana were known to have had individual styles in their work. The five most popular ones were Yamato-Den, Soshu-Den, Mino-Den, Yamashiro-Den, and Bizen-Den, branching out to countless other swordsmith schools.

 They differed in the blade’s design, the texture of metal, shape, etc.

 

Katana Is the Reflection of Samurai’s Life

 Last but the most significant of all, Katana represent Samurai’s lives in the past era. The signs and artworks in Katana are believed to have been based on people’s religious/philosophical views. If you take a close look at it, you can tell that every Katana has a story to tell.

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Here are some of our customers who have purchased a Katana at Samurai Museum Shop in the past.

 

 

Here are some ways our customers appreciate their Japanese swords.












We also received reviews from our customers who purchased authentic Japanese swords. Please feel free to click here if you are interested in checking the reviews.

 

Here we call it for the introduction. If you are ready to get a Katana, we are happy to assist you as much as you need.

SAMURAI MUSEUM

Antique Japanese Sword Tachi

Antique Japanese Sword Katana

Antique Japanese Sword Wakizashi

Antique Japanese Sword Tanto

 

  • $12,625.17

    DELIVERY TIME : Approx. 1-1.5 months
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    SHIPPING TO :
    USA, UK, Canada, Mexico, Germany , Hong Kong, France, Australia
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    INCLUDED : NBTHK Hozon Certificate for the blade and Koshirae, Shirasaya Case, Koshirae Case, Traditional Sword Carrying Case, Sword Maintenance Kit, Full Exportation Support

    Category Wakizashi ( KOTO)
    Age Late Muromachi Period
    Swordsmith Kanemoto attributed by Honami Koson (Signature: Noshu )
    Certificate NBTHK Hozon Certificate for the blade and Koshirae
    Location Mino province(today’s Gifu prefecture)
    Blade Size Cutting Edge Length : 53.6 cm ( 21.1 inches)
    Curvature : 0.7 cm (0.27 inches)

    More photos& videos available on request. Please feel free to contact us. 

  • $6,977.07

    DELIVERY TIME : Approx. 1-1.5 months
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    USA, UK, Canada, Mexico, Germany , Hong Kong, France, Australia
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    INCLUDED : NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate, Koshirae Mounting, Shirasaya Case, Traditional Sword Carrying Case, Sword Maintenance Kit, Full Exportation Support

    Category Katana ( SHIN SHIN TO)
    Age Third Year of the Keio era (1867)
    Swordsmith Tohi Jyu Miura Naonobu (東肥住三浦直信)
    Certificate NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
    Location Higo province  (Today’s Kumamoto prefecture)
    Blade Size Cutting Edge Length: 67.5 cm (26.6 inches)
    Curvature: 1.66 cm ( 0.65 inches)

    More photos& videos available on request. Please feel free to contact us. 

  • $6,312.59

    DELIVERY TIME : Approx. 1-1.5 months
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    SHIPPING TO :
    USA, UK, Canada, Mexico, Germany , Hong Kong, France, Australia
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    INCLUDED : NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate, Koshirae Mounting, Shirasaya Case, Traditional Sword Carrying Case, Sword Maintenance Kit, Full Exportation Support

    Category Katana ( SHIN SHIN TO)
    Age Genji era (1864-1865)
    Swordsmith Yamato Koku Fujiwara Michiharu (大和国藤原道晴)
    Certificate NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
    Location Yamato province  (Today’s Nara prefecture)
    Blade Size Cutting Edge Length: 70.3 cm (27.7 inches)
    Curvature: 1.2 cm ( 0.47 inches)

    More photos& videos available on request. Please feel free to contact us. 

  • $19,934.48

    DELIVERY TIME : Approx. 1-1.5 months
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    SHIPPING TO :
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    INCLUDED : NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate for the Katana, NBTHK Hozon Certificate for the Wakizashi, Shirasaya Case×2, Koshirae Case×2, Traditional Sword Carrying Case, Sword Maintenance Kit, Full Exportation Support

    Category Katana & Wakizashi ( SHINTO)
    Age Early Edo period (mid-late 17th century)
    Swordsmith Sagami no Kami Fujiwara Kunitsuna (相模守藤原国綱)
    Yamato no Kami Fujiwara Kuniyuki (大和守藤原国行)
    Certificate NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon & NBTHK Hozon Certificate
    Location Echizen Province(Today’s Fukui prefecture)
    Bungo Province (Today’s Oita prefecture)
    Blade Size Cutting Edge Length : 70.0 cm ( 27.5 inches)
    Curvature : 0.70 cm (0.27 inches)

    Cutting Edge Length : 54.6 cm ( 21.5 inches)
    Curvature : 1.21 cm (0.47 inches)

    More photos& videos available on request. Please feel free to contact us. 

  • $3,089.84

    DELIVERY TIME : Approx. 1-1.5 months
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    USA, UK, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, Germany , Hong Kong, France, Australia
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    INCLUDED : NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Certificate, Shirasaya Case , Sword Maintenance Kit, Full Exportation Support

    Category Yari (SHINTO)
    Age Early Edo Period
    Swordsmith Takada Kwachi No Kami Minamoto Yukihira
    (高田河内守源行平)
    Certificate NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Certificate
    Location Bungo→ Hizen province(today’s Oita→ Saga prefecture)
    Blade Size Cutting Edge Length: 48.5 cm( 19.1 inches)
    Curvature: 0.0 cm( 0.0 inches)

    More photos& videos available on request. Please feel free to contact us. 

  • $2,525.03

    DELIVERY TIME : Approx. 1-1.5 months
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    SHIPPING TO :
    USA, UK, Canada, Mexico, Germany , Hong Kong, France, Australia
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    INCLUDED : NBTHK Hozon Certificate, Shirasaya Case (Plain Wooden Case), Traditional Sword Carrying Case, Sword Maintenance Kit, Full Exportation Support

    Category Wakizashi (KOTO)
    Age late Muromachi period
    Swordsmith Kunishige (国重)
    Certificate NBTHK Hozon Certificate
    Location
    Blade Size Cutting Edge Length: 34.0 cm (13.4 inches)
    Curvature: 0.2 cm (0.01 inches)  

    More photos& videos available on request. Please feel free to contact us. 

  • $2,657.93

    DELIVERY TIME : Approx. 1-1.5 months
    *We ship from Tokyo, Japan. There might be delay in shipment depending on countries.

    SHIPPING TO :
    USA, UK, Canada, Mexico, Germany , Hong Kong, France, Australia
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    INCLUDED : NTHK Kanteisho Certificate for the blade, Shirasaya Case (Plain Wooden Case), Traditional Sword Carrying Case, Sword Maintenance Kit, Full Exportation Support

    Category Wakizashi (SHINTO)
    Age early Edo period (1624-1644)
    Swordsmith Takada Munehisa (高田統久: Unsigned)
    Certificate NTHK Kanteisho Certificate for the blade
    Location Bungo  (Today’s Oita prefecture)
    Blade Size Cutting Edge Length: 44.8 cm (17.6 inches)
    Curvature: 1.0 cm (0.40 inches)  

    More photos& videos available on request. Please feel free to contact us. 

  • $3,488.53

    DELIVERY TIME : Approx. 1-1.5 months
    *We ship from Tokyo, Japan. There might be delay in shipment depending on countries.

    SHIPPING TO :
    USA, UK, Canada, Mexico, Germany , Hong Kong, France, Australia
    *Please contact us prior to purchase if your country isn’t listed.

    INCLUDED : NTHK Kanteisho Certificate for the blade, Koshirae Mounting, Traditional Sword Carrying Case, Sword Maintenance Kit, Full Exportation Support

    Category Katana (SHINTO)
    Age Early Edo period
    Swordsmith Echigo Koku Kanenori (越後国兼則)
    Certificate NTHK Kanteisho Certificate for the blade
    Location Echigo Province (Today’s  Niigata prefecture)
    Blade Size Cutting Edge Length: 66.9 cm (26.3 inches)
    Curvature: 1.51 cm (0.59 inches)

    Thank you for visiting our website. This sword was sold as each antique Japanese sword is one of a kind. However, we might be able to show you something similar because we have various types of swords available. Also, there are ones that aren’t listed on the website yet. Our customer service will help you find your ideal blade you will cherish for generations. Please feel free to contact us or check the list of swords. We will be more than happy to help you.

  • $9,967.24

    DELIVERY TIME : Approx. 1-1.5 months
    *We ship from Tokyo, Japan. There might be delay in shipment depending on countries.

    SHIPPING TO :
    USA, UK, Canada, Mexico, Germany , Hong Kong, France, Australia
    *Please contact us prior to purchase if your country isn’t listed.

    INCLUDED : NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate, Koshirae Mounting, Traditional Sword Carrying Case, Sword Maintenance Kit, Full Exportation Support

    Category Katana ( SHIN SHIN TO)
    Age The second year of the Ansei era (1855)
    Swordsmith Saiyounoshin Yano Toshikazu (西條臣矢野俊一)
    Certificate NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
    Location Musashi (Today’s Tokyo prefecture)
    Blade Size Cutting Edge Length: 62.2 cm (24.5 inches)
    Curvature: 1.6 cm (0.63 inches)

    Thank you for visiting our website. This sword was sold as each antique Japanese sword is one of a kind. However, we might be able to show you something similar because we have various types of swords available. Also, there are ones that aren’t listed on the website yet. Our customer service will help you find your ideal blade you will cherish for generations. Please feel free to contact us or check the list of swords. We will be more than happy to help you.