JAPANESE SAMURAI SWORDS & ARMOR
JAPANESE SAMURAI SWORDS FOR SALE
The Samurai Sword
The three Sacred Treasures of Japan: The Sacred Mirror, The Comma-Shaped Beads, and the Sword. In ancient times it was well established that anything suitable as an offering to the Gods had to posses three elements: purity, rarity, and value. The sword was believed to have all of these characteristics. The sword became the symbol of the Samurai Code and acquired further spiritual qualities.... John M. Yumoto, 1958
AUTHENTICITY GUARANTEED: The swords and products offered for sale on this site are guaranteed to be as represented. Authentic Japanese Samurai Swords, Wakizashi, Tanto, Armor (Yoroi), Yari, Naginata, Military Swords including Shin-Gunto, Kai-Gunto, Kyu-Gunto, Kodogu, Tsuba, Kozuka, Kogai Menuki and Supplies. Restoration Assistance.
Some twenty years ago a friend of mine asked me to help him research a Japanese Sword he found in a collection of guns his Father had collected over thirty years of Military service. In short, the more I learned about Japanese Swords the more evident it became that I had to own one. I started with a single WWII Japanese Officer's Sword I purchased from a local WWII Army Veteran that evolved into an obsessive quest for that perfect old blade. I like the old blades, Koto blades or older that are still healthy and any other blade that stands out as a unique one of a kind work of art. Some collectors collect only names but I prefer the quality of the work in the steel no matter who's name is on the blade. There are plenty of old, average and cheap blades out there. Like in real estate where "Location" is the key element of value, "Condition" is the key element for swords. A sword is worth only what someone else is willing to pay but they pay more for nice, clean and healthy. A junker or worn out blade can have anybody's name on it, but the bottom line is, it's still junk. So, "Condition, Condition, Condition" is what drives me to value a sword, especially the old blades. Old, healthy, one of a kind, unusual, stunningly beautiful is my interest in swords from any period. Now you know, I'm Sam Young from Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
Collector or Dealer?
How do you tell a sword dealer from a sword collector? A dealer is someone who buys and sells Japanese Swords for profit and are not emotionally attached to any of the blades, it's just business. The collector on the other hand is someone who has some attachment to the blades they posses and won't part with one unless someone offers them much more than they think it is worth or they want to raise funds to obtain another blade they want more than the one they posses.