Japanese Swords

What the heck is a bo-hi and what is it for?

Some of our Japanese swords come with the option to select either a 'solid bodied' blade or a blade 'with bo-hi'. A bo-hi is essentially a fuller or groove that runs down the length of the blade, lightening ...

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How (and when) to disassemble a Katana

Almost without exception, all of the katana we sell at the SBG Sword Store can be disassembled. If they cannot be, we say so in the description, so unless it says otherwise, assume it can be stripped down and t...

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How Do you Measure the length of your Katana?

Thanks for your question, it is a good one as the way each manufacturer describes the length of a blade may vary. In our store, we keep it standardied and measure the blade in the traditional way - from the ti...

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What's the ideal length I should choose for a Katana?

While the charts are there to help people figure out what a good blade length would be for them, keep in mind that they are only there are a general resource, and not an end all, be all. When it comes to gettin...

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How to use a Japanese cleaning kit

Some swords come with cleaning kits, though the majority of the cheap ones aren't actually very useable and usually just end up adding to the final cost of the product. Here’s what you typically find in them: ...

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How to adjust the fit of a saya (scabbard/sheathe)

The saya, or sheathe, of a Japanese sword is made from wood, and because wood is an organic product it is susceptible to shrinking or expanding slightly when encountering different atmospheric conditions. Beca...

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Sharpness and Sharpening a Katana

Many beginning collectors tend to think that the Katana is both an extremely lightweight and razor sharp sword, but this is not necessarily true, nor a good thing.. While there are some swords on the market tha...

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