Japanese and Related Swords
updated February 25, 2008

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Artillery Cavalry Cadet Field and Staff Infantry Medical and Payroll
Miscellaneous Militia Musician Naval NCO Society

Below are the images of the major military (and related ethnic) swords - and some civilian swords - commonly found in Japan and immediate surrounding areas. Many of these swords will fall into the Miscellaneous category. I hope this page is of service to you.
I offer advice on request; however, initially, the best advice I can offer to the novice collector is, "READ BOOKS."
There are a number of wonderful books available and below I have listed some of my favorites; I also occasionally have some of these titles for sale."
One cannot fully appreciate Japanese swords - especially ancient swords - without knowing their manufacturing techniques and excellence. On later swords, it becomes necessary to study all early-European swords.


List of Books:

Military Swords of Japan 1868-1945

Samurai Sword: A Handbook

Modern Japanese Swords and Swordsmiths: From 1868 to the Present

The Connoisseurs Book of Japanese Swords

Cutting Edge: Japanese Swords In The British Museum

European influence on Japanese sword-fittings, 1543-1853

100 selected tsuba from European public collections: Catalogue

Japanese Sword-Fittings: And Associated Metalwork (Baur Collection)

Classical Weaponry of Japan: Special Weapons and Tactics of the Martial Arts

Catalogue of arms and armor of old Japan: Examples of the famous Miyochin's and others celebrated for their work in metals

Japanese Sword Terms and 400 Named Blades

Japanese sword blades

The Japanese Signature Handbook (An Invaluable Guide to the Identification of the Artists ... Netsuke, Inro, Ojime, Oki-mono, Lacquer, Sword Blades, Tsuba, Sword Furniture, Armor, Pottery, Ceramics, Ukiyo-e Prints, Paintings

Japanese sword blades

Japanese Sword Blades of the Shimto and Shinshinto Periods

A primer of Japanese sword-blades

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Artillery Swords

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Cadet or Military Academy Swords

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Cavalry Swords

Japanese Model 1899 Cavalry Trooper's Sword

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Field and Staff Officer's Swords

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Infantry Swords

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Medical and Payroll Swords

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Militia Swords

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Miscellaneous Swords

Japanese Katana and Wakizashi

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Musician Swords

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Naval Swords

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Non-Commissioned Officer's (NCO) Swords

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Society Swords

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