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Origins of the Japanese Sword
Development in the Heian Period ad 7941185
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armour arts Ashikaga Bakufu battle became Bizen blade signed Buddhist Buke Sho-Hatto carried carved castle century chokuto clan culture curvature curve cutting edge dagger daimyo daisho decorated deity developed distinctive early Edo period emperor fighting forging Gassan gatsu Gokaden gold Goto school grain gunome Heian period Hideyoshi hilt Hon'ami honour horimono Ieyasu imperial inscriptions itame Japan Japanese sword jihada Kamakura period Kami katana kendo kissaki known Kyoto lacquer loyalty manufacture martensitic Masamune Meiji meito merchants metal fittings metalworkers military class Minamoto Mino Momoyama mounted Muromachi period Musashi Myoju naginata nakago Nara nioi Nobunaga notare numbers omote Osafune Osaka particularly plate polearms produced province ronin Sagami samurai Sankin Kotai Satsuma scabbard seppuku shape shinogi Shinto shogun's court shortened signature smiths Soshu steel style suguha sword fittings swordsmiths tachi Tachi blade Taira tang Tokugawa family Tokugawa shogunate Tokyo National Museum traditional tsuba wakizashi warrior weapon worn Yamashiro Yamato yari