Yamaoka Tesshu

Yamaoka Tesshu is a remarkable figure from the turbulent era that marked the beginning of modern Japan. He attained profound enlightenment at the age of forty-five and became aware of the hidden laws of martial arts with sword, zen, and calligraphy. Yamaoka Tesshu is an extremely versatile and prolific master: an incomparable sword fighter who …

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. …

The Samurai Sword

To the people of the Empire of Japan, the sword has a significance so profound as to be almost incomprehensible to people of other lands. Part of the Imperial Regalia (sanshu no jingi) the possesion of which is a necessary prerequisite for ruling our country, it signifies courage and power, characteristics much admired by the …