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Meiboku Index and Site Guide

 

Introduction and Announcements

 

How to Read Japanese Signatures (mei)

Terminology for the Varieties of Mei encountered on nakago


Interpreting the various Japanese Dating Systems   

2. Japanese Zodiacal Method

3. Dating from Emperor Jimmu

 

Origins of Japanese Feudal Titles

 

Rokujűyoshű - 'Roads' & Provinces

Old Japanese 'Roads' and Provinces with Abbreviated Forms

Color-code map of the Old Japanese 'Roads' and sword-producing Provinces

 

List of Kanji used in Swordsmiths' Given Names in Romaji Order

List of Swordsmiths using Katakana and Hiragana in their Mei

 

Tameshigiri (Cutting Test) Inscriptions


Blade Characteristics of Japanese Swords

Sugata Forms
Sori Types
Kissaki & Fukura Types
Mune Forms
B˘shi Forms
Hamon Forms
Nie and Nioi Structures
Jihada Types
Nakago Forms
Nakago Jiri Types
Yasurime Types

 


Koshirae - Sword Mountings

Pictorial guides to the Constituent Parts of the Japanese Sword, and of the Buke Zukuri and Ito Maki Tachi Koshirae courtesy of Richard Stein

Articles Clive Sinclaire (British T˘ken Society) of the various Styles of Nihont˘ Mountings hosted by Richard Stein


Glossary

Many of the terms needed to understand Nihont˘ are defined on site as they are introduced, but for a more complete list see the Glossary of Japanese Sword Terms by Richard Stein.


Nihont˘ Web Links

Recommended Nihont˘ Web Links
Some Commercial Nihont˘ Sites
Nihont˘-related Martial Arts Links
Other recommended Japanese Links

 

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