Collecting antique Japanese swords is not as easy as it looks. Unfortunately, many of the swords that you see being sold are replicas or, at the very least, poorly made reproductions.
Many people feel free to jump right into collecting antique swords without taking the time to educate themselves first. There are some great deals out there, but you should familiarize yourself before spending money. Some people think they can purchase something cheap and then fix it and sell it for a high profit. This doesn’t happen in the real world. It will take time and effort on the part of the collector to learn how to properly care for their collection.
Some of the more popular categories of antique swords are katana, wakizashi, wakizashi (hand saw), and machete. About 93% of them are wood crafts, about 1% are metal works, and the last percentage is a replica sword. There is a wide assortment of antique Japanese swords available for you, including metal, bronze, and wood. You can get the feel of a genuine antique by purchasing an authentic samurai sword. These swords dated back to the 12th century and were used during battle.
The most popular category of antique Japanese swords is classified according to the year they were made. The most common types are classified according to the year 1820. This was also the year when the first “Yamato” sword was produced. “Yamato” means wooden sword in Japanese.
Other types of antique Japanese swords are categorized according to their decorations. For example, some of the more ornate designs are classified as “ancient.” Hozon is another type of name that is used for ornamental swords. Many people think that Hozon is the actual name of a sword, but in actuality, it is just the handle or the tip of the sword that has the name.
Another type of antique Japanese sword that can be considered authentic is the one that was used in tournaments. Authentic ones will have the official approval of the tournament where they were used. These would most likely be stored in the temple arsenal until they were handed down to a new owner. Many collectors still try to find authentic wakizashi katana that were used in tournaments.
Many Japanese samurai swords that are part of the collection of an individual will want to be graded by the year and region of origin. In addition, collectors will want to know what type of wood was used to make their swords. Collectors also look at whether or not the piece is oil rubbed or scoured. These antique Japanese swords will have a unique character, and no two will ever be exactly alike.