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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I have been a Nihonto collector since 1982, but I am no longer active, and it's time to down-size some things before I retire.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.


Bujinkan Dōjō Kobudō

Thank you to Stan for allowing me this opportunity to say a little about my training group based in Dundrum, the Bujinkan Shugyō Dōjō.

We are a branch of the Bujinkan, a martial arts organization which was founded in the 1970's. Masaaki Hatsumi, who leads the Bujinkan, is the head or ‘Sōke’ of an array of Japanese martial arts schools, most notably those he inherited from his teacher Toshitsugu Takamatsu, which include:

Togakure Ryū Ninpō
Kotō Ryū Koppōjutsu
Gyokko Ryū Kosshijutsu
Kukishin Ryū Bujutsu
Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtaijutsu
Shinden Fudō Ryū Dakentaijutsu
Gyokushin Ryū Ninpō
Gikan Ryū Koppōjutsu
Kumogakure Ryū Ninpō

The martial art taught in Bujinkan is Budō Taijutsu (also know as Bujinkan Dōjō Kobudō or Bujinkan Dōjō Happōbiken), but the material taught in Budō Taijutsu is drawn from these aforementioned schools or 'ryūha'. In general Bujinkan students are licensed in Budō Taijutsu, although very occasionally traditional licenses are issued in the schools themselves, or more recently, specific areas of study. The most widely disseminated and studied information is that of the unarmed techniques of Togakure Ryū Ninpō, Kotō Ryū Koppōjutsu, Gyokko Ryū Kosshijutsu, Kukishinden Ryū Dakentaijutsu, Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtaijutsu and Shinden Fudō Ryū Dakentaijutsu. In addition the various weapons of Kukishinden Ryū Happō Biken and sword system of Togakure Ryū Ninpō are also commonly practiced.

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