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Yamatorige project

This post is published on behalf of Setouchi City Council (Okayama Prefecture). The city is running a campaign via Kickstarter from Tuesday 20th November–Saturday 22nd December as part of our efforts to raise the 5,000,000USD in capital needed to buy the National Treasure art sword, the ‘Yamatorige’, for their leading sword gallery, the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum.

This 13th century tachi is considered the most significant extant masterpiece from the Bizen area, where modern Setouchi now stands. This feat is all the more impressive as, of the 2.8 million registered blades in Japan, half were made in this one small region, including an impressive 47 of the 111 designated as National Treasures. Not only is it an exquisite work of art, but the sword is also of great historical importance, having been the favoured blade of Uesugi Kenshin, among the most powerful warlords of the 16th century and national traditional icons.

While many Bizen masterworks currently reside in prominent museums such as the USA’s Metropolitan Museum and the UK’s British Museum, not one is presently in the very museum that bears the area’s name. As such, and due to its singular cultural significance, the city jumped on the chance to purchase the sword when, in January 2018, the sword’s owner gave the city a once-in-a-lifetime sales offer.

Books FS: "Japanese Swordsmiths Revised" by Hawley; also "MEI TOu SHUu BI" by NBTHK in 1948

Just listed these 2 excellent books on eBay:

Japanese sword book: "One Hundred Masterpieces from the Collection of Dr. Walter A. Compton".
Published by Christie's auction house in 1992.
A very large book - almost 15" X 11".
Large, beautiful pictures, with English text explanations, and some basic info in Japanese. See photos.
Many of the kodogu photos are in color.
I have been a Nihonto collector since 1982, but I am no longer active, and it's time to down-size some things before I retire.
Sold as-is (but the condition is Excellent).

Platform upgrade

Dear Members and Friends of Nihonto Club,

There has been a number of changes to Nihonto Club website over weekend:

  • moved to a new European cloud platform. This transition helped us to upgrade server software, improve performance and secure around $50 savings per month
  • and Nihonto.Club are now secure websites operating over HTTPS protocol. There's no action required on your side but any old links pointing at will be automatically redirected to This update is a must-have in the modern world. It gives you a safer experience and significantly reduces the chances of getting your login credentials stolen.

Kind regards,
Nihonto Club

FS: Japanese Nihonto swordsmith reference book set by Fujishiro, w/English by Watson

I listed on eBay:
Japanese swordsmith reference book set.
Nihon Toko Jiten, Shinto-hen and Koto-hen. Also Harry Afu Watson's English translations.

two papered swords for sale

The price has recently been reduced on a pair of swords I have for sale. Also, the two swords are now available separately.
All the details are here:
Note: Ed Marshall does a great job of photographing blades. It is perhaps "too good", because his images show EVERY TINY DEFECT. His pictures show little scratches that I didn't even know about.

Inaugural meeting of To-Ken Society of Ireland, Wednesday 4 May 2016

Dear Friends,

First meeting of To-Ken Society of Ireland will be held on Wed, May 4th 2016 in Belfast. This is a somewhat historical event for Irish Nihonto enthusiasts, please come along! Contact Peter McCafferty for more information.

Kind Regards,

Orlando Japanese Sword Show

I am hosting our 4th annual Japanese Sword Show in Orlando Fla. June 17th, 18th and 19th. Please see Any questions or information needed please contact me at

New website:

It's my pleasure to present a new educational website dedicated to the Grandmaster swordsmith Sengo Muramasa:

Don't forget to browse through carefully compiled examples of Muramasa's works.

New domain name

Dear Members and Visitors,

You may now access Nihonto Club using a new, shorter address: will still remain our main website address.


Swordsmith Index: Fujishiro/Toko Taikan rating clean-up

Hi All,

While going through the smiths of Aoe school in Swordsmith Index I once again was reminded of noisy/wrong/questionable smith ratings (Fujishiro/Toko Taikan) which still exist in the database. It was always in my list of things to clean up and now it's time. I'm going to archive and remove the following information:

  • Fujishiro ratings for smiths which don't have references to Fujishiro's Nihon Toko Jiten populated.
  • Toko Taikan ratings for smiths which don't have references to Toko Taikan populated.

This data was a part of initial database upload, I don't know/remember where it came from and hence this data can't be verified. Moreover, I noticed on numerous occasions that these values are not in line with the original books, with no traceability as of why these ratings were changed. Data quality is one of my highest priorities while working on Nihonto Club resources and I believe it's a step in the right direction.

Once this is done, eventually someone can go through the books and confirm/fix the remaining ratings (Hawley ratings are 99% correct, even though they are the least useful ones).

I would appreciate your feedback on this matter.


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