Our first winter sale, Nov. 29-Dec. 8, Noon-5 PM daily.

Find the perfect gift for  yourself or someone special. Items range from specimens of raw tamahagane from the NBTHK tatara, to fittings (fuchi/kashira, menuki, kozuka, tsuba), to blades in shirasaya or koshirae. There are many more pieces in the gallery than ever make it to the web page.

New to the field of Nihonto (Japanese swords)? Come view our gallery and talk to us. We can point you to excellent books and online references and our inventory has many fine entry level pieces as well as items for the advanced student/collector.

March 2nd. 1 PM. Sword talk #7: Gokaden influences

Following up on the Gokaden series, we will look at the spread and influence of some of the great schools and teachers of the Kamakura and Nambokucho periods like the Yamato Tegai, Yamashiro Rai Kunitoshi, the Soshu school, the Bizen Osafune school, and others. As always the emphasis will be on shape (sugata) to deternime era, jitetsu to determine region and school, and hamon to determine artist and school. Several study blades will be available from a variety of schools and regions.

 

 

References for the Seattle Art Sword Token Kai meeting

I have found these two sites to be excellent resources for research and interesting stuff about Nihonto:

https://markussesko.com/kantei/

http://www.sho-shin.com/contents.htm

I referred to them extensively while putting together my talk. I also used a number of books from my own reference library, but these two sites are out there and available. I highly recommend them.

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