Japanese Sword Parts

Types of Japanese Sword

Katana long sword, mounted edge up

Wakizashi short sword

Daisho long and short sword worn together

Shinsakuto newly modern sword – 1953 – present

Gendaito modern sword – made 1876 to 1945

Shinshinto new new sword – made 1780 to 1876

Shinto new sword – made 1600 to 1780

Koto old sword – made pre 1600

Tachi old style sword, mounted edge down

Iaito training sword (not sharp)

Shinken real sword (steel blade, usually sharp)

Bokken/Bokuto wooden sword

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