You’ll be forgiven for not remembering every single part of a samurai sword.
You may be relieved to know that the vast majority of the Japanese population do not know Samurai Sword terminology, so even after reading this article, if you remember only a few of the parts, you’ll still know more than most people.
To make things easier, we’re going to divide this article up into three easy-to-digest sections, and I’ll give you my own personal tips (mnemonics) to aid with memorising the bits and bobs.
So, without further ado, let’s get started...
The samurai were a warrior class of Japan, who rose to power and eventual control of 12th-century Japan.
The photos below were taken during the final years of the Samurai and were colourised in order to truly show what it would have been like seeing Samurai walking down the street.
If you’ve received your sword and it’s not as sharp as you’d like, or through endless use it’s lost its edge, then knowing how to correctly sharpen your sword is a must-have skill for any sword collector or enthusiast.
There are three main methods for sharpening a sword which we’re going to look at in this article: