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Visual Glossary:

Japanese Blade Features

Blade Types

Sugata (shape)
Tsukuri
Sori
Mune
Kissaki
Measuring
Nakago (tang)
Nakago Shapes
Yasurimei
Mei
Nakagojiri
Jitetsu (steel)
Kitae
Hada
Flaws
Yakiire ("hardening pattern")
Yakidashi
Hamon
Boshi
Hataraki
Chokoku (carvings)
Horimono / Hi
Tachi
Katana
Wakizashi
Tanto
Ken
Naginata
Yari
Yanone
Kogatana

Japanese Sword Koshirae (Mountings)

Related Topics

              Tsuka (hilt or handle)

              Saya (Scabbard)
Tsuba
Tsukamaki
Kodogu
Fuchi Kashira
Seppa
Menuki
Saya
Kodogu
Kozuka
Kogai
Habaki
Armour
Lacquer
Mito Koromono

References:
"The Samurai Sword - A Handbook", by John Yumoto, Tuttle Company, 1958,1991, ISBN 0-8048-0509-1

"The Craft of the Japanese Sword", by Yoshindo Yoshihara, Kodansha international LTD., 1987, ISBN 0-87011-798-x (us), ISBN 4-7700-1298-5 (Japan)

"The Connoisseurs Book of Japanese Swords", by Kokan Nagayama

"The Arts of the Japanese Sword", by B. W. Robinson, Tuttle Company, 1961

"A Primer of Japanese Sword-Blades", by B. W. Robinson, 1955, 1974

"Japanese Sword Blades", by Alfred Dobree, Arms and Armour Press,
1905, 1967, 1971, 1974, ISBN 0-87387-034-4

"Nihon To Koza", English translation by AFU Research

"Military Swords of Japan", by Richard Fuller & Ron Gregory


Web References:

"THE JAPANESE SWORD INDEX", Richard Stein's Web site