Gassan Sadatoshi – Master of Swordsmanship

A phenomenal tradition of  800 years: At the skirt of Mt. Aogaki within the east of Nara bowl, there dwells “Yamanobe no Michi,” or an old street interfacing Nara and Miwa. The stone-paved street leads you from Omiwa Hallowed place in Sakurai City to the assistant hallowed place Sai Holy place, and inevitably to a white-walled building “Gassan Japanese Sword Preparing Dojo and Dedication House”. This grave put faces to the Sai Waterway, and Sasa-yuri (lilies on three-toed plants) for “Saikusa no …

Samurai Sword making / technology

Materials and preparation:   The first step is to choose high quality materials from which the blade will be made. The steel from which modern craftsmen make most weapons contains 99.99% pure electrolytic iron (tenkai-tetsu), sponge iron (kangai-tetsu) or the most popular substance – tamahagane steel. Tamahagane is the traditional steel used to make swords. …