The author describes basic categories of Japanese bladed weaponry and swordsmithing techniques. He utilizes a fine display of photography from the Japanese Antique Sword Museum in San Francisco, CA, to illustrate topics mentioned in the article, such as: spears, halberds, swords, and parts, including guards, handles, and other acutrements.
SOURCE: Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 2 No. 1 (1993): 17 pages.