JAPANESE SWORD SITES DIRECTORY
The Japanese sword sites linked to in this directory are not
particularly numerous, but there are no dead links or useless one page
sites here - just the very best ones...
There are many, many more sites out there of course - but if you don't
want to hunt everything down in bits and pieces, the following links are
Japanese Sword Sites for Information
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Richard Stein's Japanese Sword Site
If there is anywhere you should begin your journey into Nihonto appreciation it is here.
Dr Richard Stein's Sword Index is one of the oldest Japanese sword sites
on the net, and definitely one of the best and most respected. While
their focus is on traditionally made and antique Katana, the information
there is pure gold for all levels of Japanese sword collector and
Japanese Swords: Q & A
Presented in a questions and answers format, this site may be fairly
short, but after reading it you will have a solid understanding of what
Japanese swords really are, as well as what they can and cannot do. A
great foundation to build upon written in an interesting and easy to
Toyama Ryu - Japanese Swordsmanship
This would have to be one of my favourite Japanese sword sites.
Toyama Ryu is one of the most practical, battle tested Japanese Sword
Arts around and these guys frequently USE their blades for Tameshigiri,
so they certainly know what they are talking about. Lots of reviews of
higher end blades (particularly Hanwei Forge pieces), information on
blade geometry, maintenance and much more (as well as links to other
sites on sword repair and maintenance).
Usagiya: Information Index (From Japan, in English)
The information pages of the Kashima sisters respected Usagiya
(lit. "rabbit shop", though they don't sell rabbits...) have a whole
heap of excellent articles on the Japanese sword. While English is not
their first language, it really doesn't matter: the quality of the
information here makes it one of the best Japanese sword sites around.
While this website is also that of a reliable seller of papered Nihonto,
there are also some excellent and very interesting articles as well as
truly beautiful high resolution images. Nicely laid out site and a very
Japanese Sword Sites for Sales
The following list of Japanese sword sites is graded primarily to the collector's budget: from light duty cutters all the way to high end papered
But they all have one thing in common, like the informational
Japanese sword sites listed above - these Japanese sword sites only link to tried and tested sellers...
Trueswords.com (cheap replicas)
Trueswords sell a large variety of inexpensive replicas,
from $20 wall hangers to low and mid level Musashi swords ranging from
the $50 to $180 price point, many of which have been proven to be
considerably more reliable than many people have expected them to be. The best place for an
enthusiast on a real shoe string budget or the backyard sword enthusiast
looking for a light duty cutter.
Bugei Trading Company (high end Katana)
James Williams Budgei Trading Company takes Hanwei blades are considered
by many collectors to be the pinnacle of the production sword market.
Their Katana are customer made for them by Hanwei and feature some of
the most stringent QC inspections in the business. While there can often
be lengthy wait times, most agree that it is well worth it for the
Japanese sword.com (Affordable Antiques)
Trusted sellers of actual antique Japanese blades at relatively low
prices (many are within $1,500 to $3000). While many of the swords are in
need of some serious TLC, they are a great source for anyone who is
looking for an antique Japanese sword at an affordable price. They also
offer a consignment service for anyone who is looking to sell a genuine
Aoi Art (based in Tokyo)
Based in Tokyo, Aoi-Art is a premier source for authentic and flawless
NBTHK papered Nihonto blades. You could have one of these antique bare
blades shipped and fully insured for around the US$15,000 mark, which is
quite a reasonable price for an antique bare blade...
Samurai sword.com (Elite)
These guys specialize in beautiful museum quality pieces for collectors
and investors, hand made by 'National Living Treasure' Sword smiths:
ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 (though they also have other swords
priced from $750)... Of all the Japanese sword sites, this one must be
one of the most 'drool worthy'. They also give Free evaluations and fee
based insurance appraisals.
Oh, and of course, there's always the:
SBG Sword Store... ;-)
While there are many (many) more Japanese sword sites out there, what is
listed above is a solid foundation and definitely some of the best
around in terms of both information and places to buy Japanese swords at
just about every end of the spectrum.
You can find a slew of Japanese sword sites listed here at swordlinks.com
though it will take some wading through not all of these are guaranteed
to be particularly comprehensive or reliable as the lists above.
And of course there is a great deal of information to be found at the various Sword Forums such as SFI, the SBG Sword Forum, etc.
While the amount of information available in all these Japanese sword
sites is quite impressive, the best works are generally to be found
Personally, my favorite book on Japanese swords is The Craft of the Japanese Sword.This book is an absolute font of knowledge on how these beautiful swords
are made and a real insight into what makes them so special: the
Nihonto enthusiasts bible if you will...
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