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Image of Japanese sword hamon pattern

The Hamon of the Japanese Sword – An Artistic Pattern That Reveals the Aesthetic Sense of The Swordsmith

Even those seeing a Japanese sword for the first time are captivated by the vividness of the hamon (blade pattern). The hamon refers to the part that is tempered with extra heat, so it is actual proof that the sword went through the tempering process. The swordsmiths could simply stretch Read More

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Kitae-Hada: The testimony of the Japanese Sword that does not break or bend and cuts well

The blade of the Japanese sword is made by heating the tamahagane (steel for making swords) to high temperature then hitting it flat with a mallet. They use a chisel to create the rift in the blades, fold it, then hit it again with a mallet. This process is repeated Read More

Sori – The Curve that Captures the Sharpness and Beauty of the Japanese Sword

Sori – The Curve that Captures the Sharpness and Beauty of the Japanese Sword

As mentioned in the article about the craftsmanship of the Japanese sword, the Japanese sword was originally a straight sword with no curve at all, and was used for purposes of striking, plunging, and stabbing. As the methods of battle evolved, the function of chopping down became more common. The Read More

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The Face of the Japanese Sword

The sharp edge of the Japanese sword is called “kissaki”. It is also called “boshi”, but boshi can refer to the kissaki itself or the hamon at the kissaki. Kissaki is used more often to avoid this confusion, so here we will go with “kissaki”. When buying and selling Japanese Read More

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Japanese Sword Tsukuri-komi: Structure Evolving through Time

Japanese has a word “tsukuri-komi” which refers to the structure and style of the sword blade. In a previous article about the sword’s appearance, I mentioned that the tachi had a strong back-bend whereas the uchigatana had a strong bend at the edge. The angle of the bend, the thickness Read More

Image of Japanese Sword Katana made by Akatamtsu Taro

The Japanese Sword – The Difference in Appearance

The Japanese sword is praised as “beauty in use”. Its appearance is so simple with no unnecessary features, but in fact it has many skills woven into one piece of work. When we look at those details, we are drawn further into the charm of the Japanese sword as we Read More