Andy Quirt This site has some very
Aoi Art usually stocks well priced
low end pieces, but also has high end swords.
Bladeshark is an excellent source for
learning to read kanji characters on swords.
Buck T L PhD. Tsuka-maki, The Art of Japanese Sword Restoration.
A must read for anyone who contemplates rewrapping a tsuka. I wish that
it had been around when I was learning. However, that was back in the
days before the internet, and I had to make do with slowly dissecting
the knots, and drawing illustrations of their construction.
Buck T L PhD, Saya Lacquering
How to put on a mirror finish. Another splendid article from T L Buck. Personally I usually use cashew lacquer rather than shellac, but the principles are the same.
Lohman. Supplies sword fittings and offers restoration work.
Fred Weissberg. There are some
excellent articles on this site, as well as items for sale.
Japan Sword An absolutely wonderful
The Japanese Sword Index. Rich
Stein's online Nihonto Bible. This is the most comprehensive site on
the Japanese sword. It is however so popular that you may get the 'Over quota' message.
The Japanese Sword Society of the United States. JSSUS. This organisation probably needs no introduction, given the number of publications that it has put out.
Hernandez. An extremely talented US smith who works with tamahagane.
Modern Tosho A commercial site
showcasing and selling high end work by modern Japanese swordsmiths
working in traditional styles.
Moses Beccera A sword polisher and
dealer in New York.
NBTHK (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon
Kai): The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords.
Nihonto Kanji Pages. An excellent
reference on kanji used for swords and tosogu. Recommended for anyone
who wants to learn to read tang inscriptions.
Nihonto Message Board A discussion
board on all matters concerning Nihonto.
Northern Token Society. A sword study group based in the north of England.
NTHK-NPO (Nihon Token Hozon Kai). The Japanese Sword Preservation
Robert Benson is a sword polisher and
dealer in Hawaii. I haven't yet dealt with him personally, but his good
reputation precedes him.
Samurai Kanetoyo. A sword shop in Japan run by Ping and Hiroshi Nakamura.
Shogun Oriental Arts specialises in WWII militaria, oriental antiques, and art items.
Token Society of Great Britain.
Walter Sorrells is an American smith
working in the forefront of Japanese-style swords. He has recently
started to work with tamahagane.