About Japanese Art Swords

Japanese Art Swords is a gallery of fine swords and related material. Our goal is to be a resource for both beginning and experienced collectors of fine Japanese swords. We will feature both antique and newly-made swords of quality, as well as tsuba and other fittings. We are located on the mezzanine of Rain City Fencing Center, at 1776 136th Place NE in Bellevue, Washington (driving directions here). We have several swords, fittings, and specialty items on display in the gallery. We accept swords, fittings, and other items of interest for sale on a consignment basis. We are currently open by appointment.

We can act as agents to take your sword or fittings to Japan for NBTHK or Fujishiro papers, or to have your blade or koshirae restored. We accept swords and fittings to sell on consignment through the gallery. We also offer an in-house preliminary kantei of your sword. If you are not able to bring the blade to our gallery, send us a fax of the oshigata, or email a digital photo of the tang and blade (info@japaneseartswords.com). Please bear in mind that a definitive kantei of a sword is virtually impossible without the sword in hand. This is particularly true of an unsigned blade.

Japanese Art Swords is owned byTatsuhiko Konno and Stephen Colton. Mr. Konno is a professional sword polisher. In 1968 Mr. Konno wrote The Fundamental Japanese Sword Handbook published at Kokushikan University under instruction of Kanzan Sato.  Mr. Konno has studied with several polishers since the early 1970's, including NBTHK sponsored training for which he receicved official certification in 1993. He has curated numerous exhibits including The Swords of the Samurai, which showed at Washington State University and the Bellevue Art Museum with the support of the Consul General of Japan and the US government.

Mr. Colton has studied and collected Koto swords for over 30 years. He also collects iron sukashi tsuba. He has given lectures and seminars on Japanese swords and related art forms to various Asian art interest groups in the Seattle-Bellevue area. He received his B.A. in biology, with a minor in anthropology, from Rice University, in Houston, Texas, in 1974. Mr. Colton is the president and head coach of Rain City Fencing Center.