Collecting, buying and selling antique Japanese Swords such as Katana’s, Wakizashi’s and Tanto’s

Sword

The following types of Japanese weapons are for sale:

Tachi,

A Tachi 太刀 is a big sword: generally longer and more curved than the later Katana, with curvature from the middle or towards the Nakago中心, continuing into the Nakago. Tachis were worn suspended, with the edge downward. Tachis generally were developed/produced before the 15th century. Lengths of a Tachi can be between 75 and 120 cm. Note: The cutting edge of the sword determines the length of the blade.

Katana,

A Katana is a long sword: generally a traditional sword with a curved blade between 60 and 80 cm. Note: The cutting edge of the sword determines the length of the blade. Katanas are worn with the cutting edge upwards in the Saya (scabbard). The Katana is developed from the Uchi-gatana, and started from the beginning of the Edo period around 1600.

Wakizashi,

A Wakizashi 脇差 is a short sword: Generally a traditional sword with a curved blade between 30 cm and 60 cm. Note: The cutting edge of the sword determines the length of the blade. The Wakizashi is mainly made after 1600. If the Wakizashi belongs to a Dai-Sho set, then the Wakizashi and Katana have the same type of koshirae (拵え) and sword fittings Tosogu (刀装具). Only higher placed people like Samurai etc …. wear allowed to carry Dai-Sho sets.

Tantō,

A Tanto  短刀 is a knife or dagger. Most Tantos have a cutting edge, but there are also Tantos with two cutting edges. Better known under the name Ken (剣), a straight double-edged sword. The length of the Tanto is generally no longer than 30 cm. Note: The cutting edge of the sword determines the length of the blade.