Archive for April 5th, 2007

In 1719 the Hon’ami family, who were the heredity sword-appraisers to the Tokugawa Shogunate of Japan, were ordered by the eighth Shogun, Yashimune, to compile a written record of all the meito in Japan. The meito (meaning ‘swords with a name’ or ‘famous swords’) were not only the finest examples of the Japanese swordsmith’s art, […]