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What should I know before buying a Japanese sword?
Last Updated: 2018-06-13
Before deciding to buy a Japanese sword, I advise you to get familiar with the vocabulary of the Japanese swords as most of the words are in Japanese. The page on Wikipedia about the Japanese sword mountings is very well written and informative: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_sword_mountings

If you are interested in the making of these swords, same as above, the Wikipedia page about Japanese swordsmithing is excellent. I strongly recommend you to read it to understand the long and fastidious process behind the making of a Japanese sword: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_swordsmithing

The Japanese swords Tozando sells can be divided in 3 categories: Iaito, Antiques and Shinsakuto.

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