Alphabetical overview of all articles on this site. For an overview of Tôken Bijutsu articles click here.


About kakikudashi-mei

About reisho script on shinshintô swords

About shintô-gotetsu inscriptions onf Myôchin works

About the correct translation of certain sword signatures

About the goban-kaji

A brief outline of the changes in workmanship of the later Bizen tradition

A kinzôgan-mei with a deeper meaning

A kôgai that has passed through many hands

A kozuka full of references

A Kyōto Collaboration

Alteration vs. Correction

Altering tsuba signatures

A Natsuo motif on a Kajihei blade

An interesting gassaku

Another different oshigata

Another signature removal

A rare motif on a rare work

A reference to Kotetsu’s scholastic background

Arita Sadatsugu’s revival of old traditions

Attempt of Retracing a Career

A very brief history of the dissemination of sword knowledge (and my humble place therein)

A very golden armor

A very special tsuba by and for Natsuo

Banzuke (番付)

Breakdown of price for sword blade

Cast sword fittings

Character conundrum

Challenges of translating period Japanese sword texts

Chinkyû’s enkô-hogetsu motif

Chūmon-mei: An example with interesting historic context

Copies, homages, and reinterpretations

Copper for the kinkô artists

Cutting ability nicknames of swords

Destructive sword testing

Early sukashi motifs 1

Egawa Tarōzaemon Hidetatsu (江川太郎左衛門英龍)

Era name changes in signatures

Fighting with the ôdachi

Forgotten Masters – Haruakira (治剣)

Former prices of noted swords

From the life of a rural Edo-period swordsmith

From the life of Fujieda Tarô Teruyoshi

From the life of Unno Shômin

From the life of Unno Shômin 2

From the Meiji-era sword world

Fujiwara ligature

Gassan Sadaichi

Genji-hachiryô – The Eight Armors of the Minamoto

Gotô Chôjô – The secret saver of the Gotô family?

Gotō Ichijō’s personal sword

Gotō soroi-kanagu (後藤揃金具)

GVSU Lecture Report

Hankei and his school

Hasegawa Katsuaki (長谷川克明)

Hashitomi (半蔀)

Historic overview of aesthetic requirements for a tsuba – Part I

Historic overview of aesthetic requirements for a tsuba – Part II

Hirayama Kôzô

Hôki no Kami Masayoshi’s (probably) last blade

Hon’ami Kōson (本阿弥光遜)

Honma Junji’s “Kun” in “Kunzan”

Honma’s Appraisal Diary

Honma’s Questions #1

Hosokawa Tadaoki’s hot temper and his Higo-koshirae

How honorary titles were conferred

Humble tsuba, big context

Japanese sword trade with Ming China

Kajihei (鍛冶平)

Kanehira and the problem with the early smiths

Kannai Norimune

Kantei Series Challenges

Kiyomaro oshigata comparison

Kuji-jiri – A very special koshirae

Late Edo-period nyûsatsu-kantei

List of honorary titles

Maeda Toshiie taking heads


“Mondo no Shô” and “Shume no Kami”

Mukansa/Ningen-Kokuhō List

“Mysterious” Art Name

Naotane’s odd aging habit

Nasu no Yoichi’s Sword

NBTHK-EB meeting in Salzburg

New bôshi

Nidai Oku Motohira

Ningen-Mukotsu (人間無骨)

Not your usual hataraki

NY Token Kai Meeting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Oda-Samonji (織田左文字)

Oddities/rarities in datings

Old sayagaki inventory

On a probably fake kinzôgan tameshi-mei

On Sengoku-era inscriptions on Nobuie-tsuba

On the eve of one of Japan’s most famous historical incidents

On the eve of another famous historical Japanese incident

On the Kaimoto smiths

On the nickname of the Ogaki-Masamune

On the origins of Akasaka-tsuba

On the practical use of Edo-period armor

On the Rai school’s character “Rai”

On the simplification of Japanese characters

On the supposed missing link Sukenaga

Oroshigane mentioned in signatures

Raikirimaru (雷切丸) – The Thunder Cutter

Rare mentions of forging techniques in sword signatures

Reading another kozuka motif

Recently added kinzōgan-mei

Report: Samurai Art Museum Berlin

Ryukyuan swords and Japan’s foreign trade loophole

Samurai stubbornness

Shogunal support program

Shrine gifts to the Shôgun

Signature Supplements of Satsuma Masayoshi

Sōei (宗栄) alias Usaku (右作)

Small Compendium

Some thoughts on Sue-Bizen horimono

Some thoughts on utsuri

Some thoughts on Wada-sukashi

Sorting out legends around Ôhara Sanemori

Stages in Yasuchika’s life

Suehirogari – A small but fine tsuba by Natsuo

Sword-related Japanese sayings

Sword-related Japanese sayings 2

Tameshigiri with a ko-wakizashi

Tenshō-suriage and Keichō-suriage

The Ashikaga Takauji Armor

The blade with which Sen no Rikyū committed seppuku

The case of Kiyomaro

The case of the 5th generation Hayashi

The contestant Nobukuni Shigekane

The correct reading of certain names

The difficulties in classifying Kamakura blade shapes

The difficulties with elegance

The great flood of the Yoshii River

The Hasebe School and Hasebe Kunihira

The horimono-shi Nagasaka Yûhôken

The Inoshishigiri and the travels of Masazane

The “invincibility tsuba”

The Kabutowari-Kanesada (甲割り兼㝎)

The Kotegiri-Masamune

The last of the Kanesada

The Momoyama era art world

The Musashi Masamune – One blade, four oshigata

The Muramasa ban and signature alterations

The “new” oldest extant sword document

Theodor von Lerch

The pitfalls of removing signatures

The reading of the characters for Mino province

The rise and fall of the Bingo smiths

The secret world of mekugi-ana

The specialist for treatment of sword cuts

The sword polisher Takeya Rian and the Twenty Six Martyrs of Nagasaki

The swords of the Tokugawa-Shitennô

The Tsunahiro connection of Suishinshi Masahide

The wakizashi

The whale motif on sword fittings

The “wrong” Ebina-Kokaji?

The Yakuôji School

The Yamatorige/Sanchōmō (山鳥毛)

Thoughts on the earliest known sword experts

Thoughts on the Gokaden

Tobari Tomihisa (戸張富久)

Token-Bijutsu articles

Tosa-Myôchin/Akasaka collaboration

Tsuba with the “bird of prey catching a monkey” motif

Uncommon kanji for sword terms

When the signature stays in the background

Who was Horiuchi Kanpei?

Who “wore” it better?

Why Hosokawa Yûsai did not want to give up Tanabe Castle

Why? Trying to connect the dots…

Wooden fittings


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  1. Good morning. I would like to email you a question but I cannot find an email address for you. Could you please email me? It’s regarding a Muromachi period, Naminohira katana with two family Mons repeated on the Koshirae, of the saya and tuska. Kind regards Michael

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