I was looking at Nobunao NOB685 record in Hawley's and I noticed that he lists a signature:

mikawa (no) kami daimichi nobunao

大道 can also be read Daidō. To verify which romaji is more correct, I checked in Fujishiro [1] (p.215). Afu translates it as Nyūdō! But the kanji in the signature is 大, not 入. It must be a mistake.

I still wonder whether it's Daimichi or Daidō, as there are few other smiths with Daimichi mei: NAO6, NOB685, YAS446.


  1. Nihon Toko Jiten, Fujishiro, Matsuo , Volume Shinto, (1964)

Nihontō videos

Found a good collection of Nihontō related YouTube videos:

Back to normality

My new PC has arrived and I'm starting to recover data lost after burglary. Only now I'll be able to figure out what's left in my electronic Nihonto library and what was lost. So far it seems that miraculously all my email archive survived, as well as some of the most valuable documents which would be very hard to recover. Not everything though, my research on Kaga Aoe, and some reference charts too... ah well.

Good news

I got an email from Tokugawa Art few days ago saying that my copy of Nihonto Meikan is ready to be shipped. Can't wait to see it!

Google Ireland

I'm seeing visitors coming to NC from Google searches originated in Ireland ( domain) almost every day. Yet it only happens once a year when I'm getting contacted by a local Nihonto connoisseur or enthusiast in person. It seems that Irish Nihonto collectors are a truly secretive breed :-)

Yes, I do understand all the security related concerns (I have them too), but it's always good to talk and see what we can do for each other. There's no need to disclose your addresses, sword catalogues (if any), etc. But quarterly or even monthly meetup might be an idea. Anyone?

Hizento time again

Finished reading the Kinuko Manuscript which was recently published by JSS/US.

The original was written by Hashimoto Kin'ichi (10th generation Tadayoshi) in 1884. Then it was presented to Roger Robertshaw by the Head Priest of Choanji in 2008. The manuscript outlines the family lineage and ancestry of Hizen Tadayoshi.

Need some help please...

Hello everybody,

I owned a gunto with number "86913" graved on the habaki and four Kanji on the tang ("YAMADA YASUYUKI" -translation by a Japanese friend of mine) and number "13" below the mei (blade certainly machine-manufactured...).
Would anybody be so kind as to tell me what should be this name (owner, officer, maker, swordsmith... ?).
This tachi wears five petals cherry blossoms (on menuki, saya, fuchi etc). It seems to be an authentic WWII one ; but could it be fake sword too ?
EVERY piece of information is welcome.
I thank anybody in advance.
Greetings from France,


I'm not too happy with the way the Glossary is organised. It's somewhere in the middle between a glossary and a Japanese-English dictionary, which doesn't help it in either ways. It's not good for translations, and it's not very useful for looking up the term. I have to keep some interesting (at least for me) terms in Word document as some of them are genuine Nihonto terms and some are useful Japanese expressions. There must be some other way...

Confession to make

In case if you were wondering why it's been so quiet here for last 6 months, I may reassure you that there is still a great deal of work to do (and many new ideas also) in order to keep improving the resource, and it will be dealt with sooner or later. However, at some stage I realized that further development of Nihonto Club will be difficult, if not impossible, without some very important skill. Therefore I had to finally start formal learning of Japanese language last February. Which I'm enjoying to the very last bit and which takes all my free time (ex.

If a picture is worth a thousand words...

Chris Chaffee's new retail shop for authentic Japanese art swords, strives to deliver the most realistic online sword examination experience available. While creating our retail nihonto shop we asked ourselves, "What would we want to see before purchasing a sword online?" Since there is nothing better than examining a sword in hand, we decided that the next best thing would be to show video of someone else doing just that.

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