Touching the Katana blade... Do's and Dont's
I have just purchased my first Japanese sword, a Shirasaya (just to start me off as a basic first sword, something pleasing to the eye to display above my fire place ATM) and as I plan on training in Kenjutsu and purchasing more Katana in the future, I would be grateful for some professional feedback on sword maintenance and specifically touching the blade itself.
My sword is 1090 carbon steel, I clean it with lint free cloths and camellia oil every 3-4 days, and have been told that I should never under any circumstances touch the blade.
However I have seen practitioners of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu perform moves where they contradict this and indeed do touch the blade, notably a move where they use their left hand underneath the Katana and cut from daijodan (apologies as I do not yet know the full correct terminology of Kenjusu moves lol) I would be grateful for any info/advice you could provide on this, thank you.
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